Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Twitter-a-riot

The riots in Egypt. Interesting video...has anyone else noticed how well dressed the rioters are these days?



Seems like these electronic "social networks" have more power to generate unrest and mass violence than they do to promote world peace. Will they lead to the disposition of the despots of the world, or just to the creation of new types of tyranny?

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  1. Well, I never expected the internet to promote world peace and in fact think world peace is a dangerous chimera. It makes people think of peace as a never-never land instead of something to be obtained by hard work. It also begs the question of what in fact constitutes peace; are we to have a world without even a bar fight? That at least requires not merely competent foreign policy all round(which is hard enough) but a change in human nature.

    As for the present riots, for some reason they make me think to much of Iran. The ability to build a good government seems to be rationed in rather a parsimonious manner for some reason. Also the thing about revolutions is that revolutionaries have a hard time adapting to becoming rulers. Plumbing is boring.

    Jason Taylor

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  2. It also begs the question of what in fact constitutes peace; are we to have a world without even a bar fight?

    Great point, Jason. It made me think of John Wayne and Victor McLaglen duking it our in The Quiet Man. If that happened today in my town, there would be a bunch of arrests, law suits, and hard feelings. In the movie, they finished it out and everybody went away satisfied. Don't know how often that happened in real life, but it sure looks like a better way.

    Does mass rebellion work the same way? It looks bad, and the results are unpredictable, but we would still be flying the Union Jack if we hadn't undertaken it ourselves.

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  3. Actually, my main point was that "world peace" is ill-defined and if interpreted as "harmony among mankind" we aren't going to get it. Reduction of violence, while more mundane is "easier" to get. Humans have a tendency to want to create heaven on Earth when they have enough to do to even make Earth tolerable.

    Jason Taylor

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