The new scribes

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The protesters in Cairo said that their fingers got tired from tweeting. They should be thankful that Twitter only allows 140 characters per tweet. Think of the scribes, who had to copy down tons of papyrus in ancient Egypt. For now, young people just want to celebrate:” let’s tweet again”.

They tried back-up node and alternate routing when the internet was cut off. Instead of tanks, young people used tweets. We have come a long way, from the fax of Tiananmen Square to facebook of Tahrir Square, from Kent State to Cairo. Like in “the Network”, in which people were enticed to open their windows, stick their heads out and shout “I am mad like Hell’, Egyptian youth just staged a three-week long Berkeley-style sit-in, a 4-decade lag.

This time, along with social media, we notice  Al-Jazeera in English along side with BBC World News (CNN got their chance during the Gulf War). Instead of…

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