|IS THERE LIFE AFTER FACEBOOK? THE CYBER GULAG REVISITED & DEBATE RELOADED • (OF THE ARAB ‘SPRING’ AND LONDON ‘SUMMER’ – AN INSTRUCTIVE LESSON FOR ASIA/SEA)|
|Written by ANIS H. BAJREKTAREVIC|
ABSTRACT. Misled by a quick triumphalism of the social-media, the international news agencies have confused the two: revolt and revolution. The Arab unrests started as a social, not political public revolt. Through the pain of sobriety, the Egyptian and Tunisian protesters are learning that neither globalization nor McFB way of life is a shortcut to development; that free trade is not a virtue, but an instrument; that liberalism is not a state of mind but a well-doctrinated ideology, and finally that the social media networks are only a communication tool, not a replacement for independent critical thinking or for the collapsed cross-generational contract. How does the Arab ‘Spring’ correlate with the European unrest? For almost ten years, the youth in Europe (France, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Norway, Britain) is repeatedly sending us a powerful message on the perceived collapse of the cross-generational social contract. The cross-generational social contract should be neither neglected, nor built on the over-consumerist, disheartened and egotistic McFB way of life. Equally alienating and dangerously inflammatory is the radicalization of entering youth generation – be it a religious or political radicalization. pp. 101–110
Keywords: Middle East/MENA, social media networks, popular movies
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