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March 7, 2011

3 Media Narratives About The Middle East You Should Defend Against


1 Youth In Revolt: The sad truth is revolutions start with the disenfranchised, get attributed to the idealism of "students" and "the youth," and are ultimately resolved by thugs or corporations. Sideways Glasses Guy is in for a jarring quarter-life lesson in economic history, and I'm guessing he's not going to pass.

2. The Mad Dictator That Has To Go: Oh, he may be a nutjob, but once he's out-- what, exactly? He's not a lone nutjob. There was an entire government in place there and while they don't all have voluptuous nurses you can be damn sure they want voluptuous nurses, and if they can't get that they'll settle for all your money and your obedience.

3. The Power Of Social Media: In my short time on earth, I've lived through: papyrus, morse code, radio, yelling, mobile phones, and I have only just recovered from TV. All of these "disruptive technologies" share two commonalities. First, they empowered the people to communicate, congregate, and share ideas. Second, and more importantly, all of them were eventually co-opted by the government and business to manipulate those people, who didn't mind one bit as long as the ads were under 30 seconds.-- The Last Psychiatrist

Posted by Vanderleun at March 7, 2011 11:17 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

It helps immensely if one doesn't read toilet paper that is folded and stapled instead of rolled.

Posted by: Peccable at March 8, 2011 2:51 AM

Change. They keep using that word. I don't think that word means what they think it means.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at March 8, 2011 4:56 AM

Excellent link. I'll tweet it immediately. (haha)

Posted by: RedCarolina at March 8, 2011 9:15 AM

And what picture would be compelte without a prominently displayed Palestinian scarf?

Posted by: Blastineau at March 8, 2011 9:51 AM

The end of piece is chilling. Another thing, young people treat every incident as if it the first and foremost "revolution". And technology is a game changer. But without a sound Constitution, it is becomes a dangerous game. We've seen that in the impossible efforts to establish workable democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan. But what is the bigger story is how it is undermining the American Constitution. Obama has no use for it other than wiping his ass. He won based on the "shiny happy people" sham. I think the Left are banking on that fact that they indoctrinated Americans enough with Sesame Street that we'll all believe it is reality. They even brought the puppets out to defend PBS funding. I was not raised on Sesame Street nor were my kids, so you can imagine it's quite surreal to me.

Posted by: RedCarolina at March 8, 2011 10:25 AM

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