As I write this on Saturday, the day after Hosni Mubarak was deposed as Egyptian strongman, there’s no use in adding any more incredibility, joy or or platitudes about youth and technology. Part of the beauty of this essentially peaceful revolution within a state known for secret police, “emergency law” and a predisposition for torture is that those on the ground participating in and reporting on the change have chronicled the incredible events and captured the joy and momentary heartbreaks.
But, perhaps there is a use for adding another voice, another perspective. It seems that this Egyptian revolution is as much a creature of the digital communications age as it is part and parcel of the rest of human history when beleaguered peoples had had enough and did something about it. Without the Internet and Facebook, Twitter, Google, blogs and streaming live video from al Jazeera, this revolution may not have reached its peaceful critical mass. Perhaps without being Web-enabled, January 25 would not be #Jan25, but would have simply been a few hundred kids getting clobbered by Ministry of Interior police.