It’s easy to jump on ‘FaceBook Revolution’ stories regarding the Middle East but urban middle classes using social media to organise is nothing without mass street education through meetings, demonstrations and in many cases here, mosque speakers. In fact no matter how much I see the liberating potential of communication through ever more powerful pocket devices, there’s no escaping that with a flick of a switch, the network collapses. And we all know who’s got the hold of the switch.
Conversely then, traditional media can be even more important during revolutionary times.
So I still see the still images from the current North African and Middle Eastern revolutions as being, once again, our lasting collective memory.
With that in mind, this seemed an interesting book (via the oft-dubious, sometimes surprising, Gizmodo) How Photography Shifted the Balance of the Civil Rights Movement