Sunday, January 15, 2012

Global unrest: how the revolution went viral - The Guardian

Global unrest: how the revolution went viral

Paul Mason
The Guardian
3 January 2012

The past 18 months have seen extraordinary outpourings of discontent. But what links them? In this extract from his new book, Paul Mason examines how technology has been at the heart of the global unrest, and finds parallels less with 1968, and more with 1914

Egyptian bloggers work on their laptops in Tahrir Square, Cairo, February 2011. Photograph: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images
It was a cold Friday night early last year, sometime between the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia and the fall of the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. I got a call: would I do a lecture on the history of the Paris Commune for something called The Really Free School in Bloomsbury?

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