Sunday, February 06, 2011

Recommended Reading

The fallacy that the Egyptian uprising has been propelled on the backs of Facebook and Twitter, even as Internet access in the country was being cut off, gained traction so quickly in the mainstream media that it became the conventional wisdom almost instantly. According to Frank Rich, hitching this revolution to our social media amounts to little more than "simplistic Western chauvinism," allowing us to claim credit for a democratic groundswell that all evidence seems to point to us being on the wrong side of. More importantly, as Rich highlights, it's another indicator of our long held cultural antipathy towards the Middle East, which has been manifesting in increasingly stark terms of late:
The consequence of a decade’s worth of indiscriminate demonization of Arabs in America — and of the low quotient of comprehensive adult news coverage that might have helped counter it — is the steady rise in Islamophobia. The “Ground Zero” mosque melee has given way to battles over mosques as far removed from Lower Manhattan as California. Soon to come is a national witch hunt — Congressional hearings called by Representative Peter King of New York — into the “radicalization of the American Muslim community.” Given the disconnect between America and the Arab world, it’s no wonder that Americans are invested in the fights for freedom in Egypt and its neighboring dictatorships only up to a point. We’ve been inculcated to assume that whoever comes out on top is ipso facto a jihadist.
The rest at the link.

1 comment:

cease ill said...

I'd love to make it up there and follow up; pretty tough bus ride from downtown S.D., I must say! I came over to read up on your take on Egypt, and while naturally I concur with your points, I would to go more in-depth---which I know is tough without regurgitating the latest news. At any rate, the revolution is reaching some exhaustion, according to reports, as it is not a financially supported endeavor. I will read up on your links. What do you say to this: how will legitimate political parties be constructed for the sake of democracy---now, by September, or ever? You see how much trouble we've had doing it here; they're largely subsidized by bit business. You have any ideas, hit me up at

Now---HOW again does Germany construct laws to protect their jobs and continue healthy exports? I'll get back to ya.;-D Cecil Lue