Recently I highlighted the retro-digital movement with a fun poke at the Newton, the precursor to the hand held movement. Now the Middle East is erupting with revolt in Tunisia
, Yemen and Egypt. George W. Bush projected the hope that the war in Iraq would be about new regimes, and I guess that is likely to happen based on the news of the day. I’m not taking sides in this issue – so statesman like of me, but rather I’d just like to comment on the tools that are driving this forward in such a lightning fast manner.
This is our first Twitter and Facebook revolutions. Wow and these technologies weren’t up and running when we decided to invade Iraq after 9/11 and Afghanistan. Twitter is now coming up to it’s 5th anniversary, and Facebook, is just now starting out to conquer the world, or at least the part that Google doesn’t control.
Imagine, our first Social Media Revolution. I can’t wait until the T-shirts are out. This almost happened a couple of years ago in Iran, but the regime there caught on and was able to head it off before they lost control. The outcome in Egypt is very fluid and no one knows how it will end. What we do know is that cutting off the Internet connections to Egyptians scored a major rebuke from President Obama – just not the right thing to do. I’d be pissed as well if someone tried to cut off my lifeline.
When I talk with my clients about “disruptive technology” it is in a whole other context. Many, especially my clients who are closer to my age with lots of grey hair, don’t fully comprehend the changes, but are trying to. This should go a long way as a proof source for where the future is going.
There is a host of information from media on this situation – the best article for now I found from Scott Shane in yesterdays New York Times – “Spotlight Again Falls on Web Tools and Change.” I’ll highlight more as it comes on line in my suggested reading side bars. Tomorrow the thoughts from Evgeny Morozov who highlights some of the downsides of the technology- mainly that it is being used to track dissidents. Disruption cuts both ways I guess. Carrier pigeons or Newtons, anyone?