Steve wanted to videoblog my rambling rant with hand gestures earlier, but I broke our video camera like 6 months ago and the one I have for work is, eh, shit and anyway I’m really good talking on camera unless Steve is there, because then I just think he’s being all judgemental.
So, instead bullet points.
- YOU in no way contributed to the revolution in Egypt. Or Tunisia. Or anywhere. You have nothing to do with this. You are not a part of history. History is not unfolding in front of your eyes. In fact, you’re not even watching history. Or, rather you are, but only (not to totally parody the History Channel’s motto but) because history happens every day. All YOU are doing is watching people gather in a square on your TV far away.
- And your comments on facebook and twitter and whatever do nothing to add to the event, you are merely attempting to insert yourself in someone else’s moment. It’s like rubbernecking on the highway.
- In some ways the comments are exceptionally patronizing too: ohhhhh, goooood for the Egyptian people, they got themselves democracy. Aww. Let’s hope they do something gooood with it. Don’t you go spending all that in one place now.
- Because, let’s not kid ourselves, if it had taken longer than 18 days, we’d have stopped caring. We’d be out of this news cycle.
- You know what else happened? Southern Sudan became a new country. By actual vote. You know what else didn’t happen? Iran’s revolution last year, which was way more brutal and way more deserved. But, there weren’t so many TV cameras there. So, evidently, we only care about some of the people in that region.
- Because, again, if we’re not just trying to revel in our political right or wrongness in public forums so we can make condescending statements about events we have nothing to do with, we would acknowledge the role the military has played in this overthrowing of power. There is a reason he didn’t step down and then he did and it’s not because the protestors chanted louder. The military saw a power vacuum into which it has stepped. And maybe they’re simply positioning themselves to be the forerunners in any elections that occur, maybe not, but don’t kid yourself that 18 days of (relative) non-violence ended a 30-year regime.
I wish I had said this, but I didn’t: “Anyone else thinking it’s inevitable that the Egyptian flag headband is coming to a hipster near you?”