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February 09, 2006




These new media technologies - blogging, internet forums, SMS messages - played a really key role in the democracy protests last spring, and in the anti-war protests and pro-Palestinian rallies before that. The technology itself is neutral: it helps activists mobilize, organize, and get their message out.

The technology behind the internet may be neutral, as you say, but YOU are not.

Democracy protests, anti-war protests, and pro-Palestinian rallies?

Interesting selection, I would say.

How about Rathergate?

Bloggers ripped Rather a new one. If left to the MSM, Rather would have slipped that phony story into the debates just before the election.

Marc, I hate to say this, but you're kind of an asshole.


Ahmad Humeid

I noticed that there was a wider spectrum of opinions on the arab blogs compared to traditional media (for example al ghad newspaper in jordan). the pro-boycott, anti denmark voices where loud in the traditional media but even more loud and more radical on the blogs (hate banners, calls for violence, etc).

On the other hand, there was a minority, but quite vocal number of arab blogs who were radical in refusing the boycott. Some of them carried 'buy danish' logos.

Now something like THAT was no where to be seen in the press.


poor jeffrey. he's not aware that outside of his little echosphere, no one gives a shit about rathergate

the aardvark

Yeah, Arab bloggers played a huge role in "RatherGate." What an odd person.

JS Narins

History repeating itself in a new way?

Gutenberg printed the Bible. Within 50 years, Luther's tracts had converted nearly half of Christendom to Protestantism. Part of the success of Calvinism and Protestantism generally were the schools they set up, and the (illegal, after the Index of Banned Books) book distribution system they set up in Switzerland (under Calvin).

To call Calvin militant is an understatement.

The enlightenment was evolving at the same time, I guess. Certainly Erasmus of Rotterdam was a contemporary of Luther's. But it wasn't in charge, it hadn't been in charge.

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