Global unrest: how the revolution went viral
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?