Montag, 14. Februar 2011

Every generation needs a new revolution

Recent events all over the world have proven that radical change is still possible. If the people of a country is really upset about their government or regime, revolution is inevitable. But how’s it achieved?

Tunisia started it, Egypt adapted it and the arabic countries should take it as a paragon: revolution through the people can actually lead to change.

It shows that, when the frustration and anger of a population reaches a certain point, power goes from legislation to the citizens.

People in the western world, however, often felt that demonstrating, not even thinking about revolution, is useless, a waste of time, and only combined with negative consequences.

Yet, the undescribable power that a country’s population has, is undeniable. By using modern media like social networking for organization and support, the power actually does go back to the people. If the number of complaining people reaches a critical mass, there inevitably will be classical media-attention, which should then lead to (an extreme form of) agenda setting, as the Egypt Revolution has proven.

If that level of media attention has been reached, everything is possible. Media covers, reports, analyzes a topic and by that, manipulates people’s minds.
And it worked: change actually happened. And the arabic people want more. Past is the time of corrupt, criminal dictators leading a regime and exploiting a nation.

But what should the western world learn from that? I think it’s necessary to acknowledge the power that lies in demonstrations. Recent events like Stuttgart21 in Germany or the UniBrennt-movement in Austria have proven some improvement in the field of demonstrations, but they didn’t reach their goals completely.
People in the western world have to develop a certain level of perseverance when it comes to demanding social change. They need to be ready to give up some of their comforts in order to stand up for a better future.

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