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   Undertoad  Saturday Feb 12 09:13 AM

Feb 12, 2011: Egyptian laptop flock in the middle of revolution



From the Boston Globe's Big Picture comes this shot of anti-government bloggers, working from Tahrir Square. The official caption says "Despite government attempts to shut down the Internet and limit communications, organizers have been adept at using a variety of media and electronic workarounds to coordinate the rallies."

It looks like they've been using the cell network to do tethering; despite government's attempts to shut off the net, somebody left the lights on... and somebody managed to get power and outlet strips so this group could charge up and get word out to the world.



Undertoad  Saturday Feb 12 09:18 AM




Griff  Saturday Feb 12 09:57 AM

Amazing paradigm shift...



Sundae  Saturday Feb 12 10:07 AM

Was the second one taken in Egypt?
It should be scorching out there this time of year, instead it looks more like England



lupin..the..3rd  Saturday Feb 12 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Griff View Post
Amazing paradigm shift...
Not really. The death toll for these protests is over 200, with over 1000 injured. Had he elected to stay in power, the people would have stormed the palace and killed him, and his wife. Mubarak knew this all too well, which is why he fled the palace by helicopter last week. Social media and the internet just gave status updates to the world, like a virtual tv new reporter- They were not an influencing factor in anything, nor did they displace traditional weapons in any way.

But it does make for a clever sign.


Spexxvet  Saturday Feb 12 10:55 AM

In the middle of all that, they're taking time to play a multiplayer first person shooter. Amazing!



Griff  Saturday Feb 12 11:05 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lupin..the..3rd View Post
Not really. The death toll for these protests is over 200, with over 1000 injured. Had he elected to stay in power, the people would have stormed the palace and killed him, and his wife. Mubarak knew this all too well, which is why he fled the palace by helicopter last week. Social media and the internet just gave status updates to the world, like a virtual tv new reporter- They were not an influencing factor in anything, nor did they displace traditional weapons in any way.

But it does make for a clever sign.
Not really. While the sign is a clever sales pitch for social media, the media itself allows numbers to organize replacing fire-power when conditions permit.


Perry Winkle  Saturday Feb 12 02:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
Was the second one taken in Egypt?
It should be scorching out there this time of year, instead it looks more like England
I have a friend in Glasgow. Apparently there were enough Arabs there to put on a pretty good demonstration in support of the revolution. I believe it. I'd imagine there were quite a few such demonstrations throughout England, not to mention the rest of world -- especially in university towns with high numbers of international students.


Sundae  Saturday Feb 12 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Perry Winkle View Post
I have a friend in Glasgow. Apparently there were enough Arabs there to put on a pretty good demonstration in support of the revolution. I believe it.
Egyptians. They're geographically Africans y'see.

But thanks for the possible answer. It makes sense to me.
And yes, London is full of Arabs (Elvis Costello)


Bullitt  Saturday Feb 12 02:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
Egyptians. They're geographically Africans y'see.

But thanks for the possible answer. It makes sense to me.
And yes, London is full of Arabs (Elvis Costello)
What you call them can vary, but Arab is not incorrect in general.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_people


SPUCK  Sunday Feb 13 06:12 AM

Now let's all hope it doesn't turn into another inept "student", enabling radical religious dominated government.

Iran comes to mind... They kick out someone undesired and eventually end up with a pathological idiot who's religiously backed as a President for Life - who's much worse.



Wombat  Sunday Feb 13 06:38 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet View Post
In the middle of all that, they're taking time to play a multiplayer first person shooter. Amazing!
hehe I see what you did there :-)


Sundae  Sunday Feb 13 06:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post
What you call them can vary, but Arab is not incorrect in general.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_people
Good point well made.
I was just showing off because I've been there.


Bullitt  Sunday Feb 13 12:00 PM

Nice, Egypt is on my list one day.



FloridaDragon  Sunday Feb 13 01:58 PM

What makes me chuckle is that just about every sign you see held up in the crowd is in English .... and if there is Arabic on it, it is smaller and almost a subtitle ... So all the signs are just made for the journalists and CNN, not for the people of Egypt.



Stormieweather  Sunday Feb 13 02:17 PM

I spent a month there, and have some close friends from the country. I'm very proud of them for finally standing up for themselves.

I do think the internet was a big influence on their ability to mobilize and coordinate, as well as keep spirits up. I would think it would be easier to face tanks and tear gas when you know people around the world are behind you (in spirit).

I followed every moment with live streaming broadcasts, multiple live blogs and twitter feed.



Perry Winkle  Sunday Feb 13 04:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by FloridaDragon View Post
So all the signs are just made for the journalists and CNN, not for the people of Egypt.
Which seems really freaking smart to me. The Egyptians already know what's going on and are fired up to change things. Fostering and maintaining the support of the rest of the world can make or break a revolution.


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