Sunday, June 19, 2011

CNN presents "Online Warrios of the Arab Spring", where as Ben Stein and Mark Z play devil's advocate

iRevolution: The Online Warriors of the Arab Spring” aired on CNN (as part of its “Presents” series) June 19, and explored the role that the Internet, especially citizen journalism and blogging, took in the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain.  Was the “Arab spring” the “Facebook Revolution”? Or would it have happened anyway? Look back into history, particularly the collapse of communist regimes that occurred before the Internet.

CNN’s text article (with many videos) adds Syria, Yemen and, of course, Libya to the mix.

The fact that governments need to suppress speech by imprisoning bloggers or turning off Internet access (as in Egypt) would, by all common sense, give away their illegitimacy.

Will the Internet eventually undermine what appears to westerners the authoritarian nature of Islam?  It’s always been a contradiction that, while the doctrine that law and religion are inseparable sounds authoritarian, actual control of the faith is, compared to other religions, quite decentralized.

Ben Stein, however, doesn’t trust the “Arab Spring”.  Hear his remarks on YouTube on CBS (not embeddable), link

Zuckerberg, in this video from Reuters, says (starting at 1:36) that it would be arrogant for a technology company to claim credit for an international revolution like this.  It took the people for it to happen.

After all, it's possible to say that some of the Arab Spring was instigated by WikiLeaks, too. Assange is another "ruler of the world," and more arrogant.

Remember, President Obama had met with Zuckerberg, as well as chiefs from Google and Apple (but not Microsoft) shortly after the "Arab Spring" started. 

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