Chopped Liver – The Revolution Will Be Televised

As I don’t have an office at home I work with a laptop on my knee (I would love to have a meeting in Alabama) and the TV on in the background.

And what delights did we have filling our screen yesterday – and scheduled for today – blood on the streets in Cairo. I say scheduled for today – I don’t mean they have updated their listings with something like “9th day of the First Test between Pro-Mubarrak and Anti-Mubarrak supporters – first round went to the Pros – tune in today to see how the anti’s respond”.

What Sky have allocated their whole day to is long and shorter range camera shots of thousands of people fighting each other with sticks, stones, molotovs, tanks, live rounds etc – the trouble is, we don’t know what the next piece of live footage will bring.

We see a crowd taunting another crowd, then they retreat as fast as they can – but if one trips over he is immediately set upon by baying enemies and roundly beaten to a pulp – all in the comfort of our front rooms – and for hour upon hour upon hour.

The Sky commentators are political commentators trying to fill this time with running commentries – but this is not politics it is merely thuggery of the highest order and not exactly the kind of high-level reporting these political journalists are trained for.

It is like watching a David Attenburgh film about that predatory and mindless beast known as man. There’s even suggestions that Mubarrak has paid – by the hour – in a currency of food and cash – for thousands of people to fight his pitched battles for him.

I Sphinx therefore I am

So why do Sky show this? Because it’s live. Because we don’t know what’s going to happen next, and they sure wouldn’t want to miss it.

So why do we watch it? Because it’s live. Because we don’t know what’s going to happen next, and we sure wouldn’t want to miss it.

Is it appropriate? Well, we live in changing times. History is being created in front of our eyes. In the warmth and comfort of our living rooms. On our big screens with High Definition. Round the world news, as it happens, is available for us to decide if we want to watch or not – there is no time for editing, no sanitisation – ya pays yar money an ya take yar choice.

Final point – this is all happening in Cairo, in one of the largest cities in the world. The streets are filled with thousands of angry young men aged around 20 – 25. Where are the children? Where are the women? Where, indeed are the older men – there seemed to be no-one on the streets over 30 or 40? Where are they all?

My guess is, they are all in the warmth and comfort of their living rooms watching the drama unfolding on their High Definition television screens. After all, the revolution will be televised.

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