Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Horse Revolution

Paul Revere galloped from Charlestown to Lexington on that famous night in 1775. He couldn't have done it without his horse, so did that mean the American Revolution was really the "horse revolution"? That's silly, of course. But calling the Egyptian revolution the "Facebook (or Twitter) revolution" is just as misguided, and it's a symptom of our ethnocentric habit of viewing the world through the prism of the American experience or -- in the case of Egypt -- American technology.

Hat tip to comp.risks.

Seriously though, I was most puzzled by the media's description of the Egyptian revolution as "Revolution 2.0". Let me tell you, I've read a little history and they must be on Revolution 93.4 by now, at least.

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