Following the assassination of a major political leader and resignation of their Prime Minister, Tunisia is threatened by perhaps its most subversive political conspiracy yet: the Harlem Shake.
When we are forced to choose between a series of difficult options, it is often tempting to rationalize and pretend that there is less uncertainty out there than, in fact, there is. For the sake of our own comfort levels we fool ourselves into believing that a situation is less complicated than the reality. Deluding our way out of caution in order to make a decision easier and feed the impatience to “just do something” often makes the situation worse in the long run. This has frequently been the case in international conflicts in the past, particularly where Western involvement is concerned, where urgent good intentions quickly become mired in the quicksand of reality.
Mark Zuckerberg claims on his Facebook page that he is motivated by the desire to “make the world a more open place”. Likewise, Twitter boasts the best way to immediately get “what’s new in your world.” I doubt either of them would have suspected this though. It seems they are getting their wish, but with surprisingly powerful and violent consequences; we have moved into the era of the socially networked revolution, and we are all the better for it.
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