by Terence Dackombe It’s different now. Everything has changed in 2011. A government can fall in days if the people that government ‘serves’ can be mobilised in sufficient numbers for the armed forces and police to be overwhelmed; or more likely that they see which way the wind of change is blowing, and make a tactical decision to follow the winning side.
Commentators tell us it’s the Twitter Revolution, the Facebook Foment, indicating that thousands, if not millions, of citizens have been stirred to gather in city squares and on roundabouts by instructions or comments on social network sites.
A more prudent explanation is that whilst these lines of communication have their place (hard to imagine people in Tahrir Square were busy checking how many ‘Follow Friday’ mentions they achieved), it is the knowledge, the reassurance, that television cameras, and to a degree, mobile phone footage through YouTube, are cascading the images, sights and sounds around the world, that impels people to risk everything to bring about change in their country.