Hundreds of thousands risking their lives to face down a tyrant? Expensive. Taking credit for it from a London mansion? Cheap.
Dan Murphy, a Middle East correspondent, eviscerates Julian Assange’s claim that he’s responsible for the “Arab Spring” revolutions.
I’ve been particularly interested in the various “Arab Spring” revolutions for two reasons: 1) I’m interested in democratization processes, so this gives us a number of additional cases to look at (for causes, consequences, processes, outcomes, etc.) and 2) I’m interested in the role of social media (and the internet more broadly) on politics.
But I’ve been fascinated by how often reports about the role of social media in the events became stories about us, rather than about the brave men/women who actually, physically faced down dictatorships. Social media clearly contributed to these phenomenon. But to believe that posting a status on Facebook is equivalent to physically facing down armed thugs is, well, juvenile.