In his blog Idle Scrawl, BBC's Paul Mason points out that there has been a sudden appearance of revolts, not just in far away places like Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and Syria, but in places very close to home: Ireland's techno-savvy young looking for a "Second Republic"; French youth battling police to defend the retirement rights of 60-year-olds; rioting over the austerity measures in Greece and British students protesting the rising costs of tuition. Paul asks: what's going on? What's the wider social dynamic?
At the heart of it all are young people, obviously; students; westernised; secularised. They use social media -- as the mainstream media has now woken up to -- but this obsession with reporting "they use twitter" is missing the point of what they use it for.
In so far as there are common threads to be found in these different situation, here's 20 things I have spotted:
1. At the heart if it all is a new sociological type: the graduate with no future
2. ...with access to social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and eg Yfrog so they can express themselves in a variety of situations ranging from parliamentary democracy to tyrrany.
3. Therefore truth moves faster than lies, and propaganda becomes flammable.
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