So guaranteed no matter what you’ve been up to lately, Egypt’s been busier. Of course there’s gotta be good fodder for communication stories within the less than month long narrative of protest & wildness. MSNBC goes pretty far and yelps “How the Internet brought down a dictator.” There are, thankfully, some neat things in this article – stuff on how Facebook was used for planning, how the government axed internet access to the masses, and so forth.
But the headline? It struck this blog author as offbeat in that it personifies the Internet as though it were capable of action independent of the flesh and blood that invents and uses it. I’d gently suggest that the Internet helped, perhaps, bring down a dictator, but recall that it was an instrument of action not the wellspring of it.