I was at a conference in Phoenix called Big Tent Christianity(more about that later) when word came through that Mubarek had resigned. I liked this cartoon from Dave Brown in The Independent. The events of the past couple of weeks have turned the tide in Egypt. Interesting article in the LA Times about the role of social media, a contested arena for sure, it's called Revolution in the age of Internet and focuses on a group of young Egyptians who called themsleves revolution 2.0,
"if previous revolutons had been hatched in mosques and smokey cafes, this one was hatched online, the spawn of computer geeks and old-fashioned protest organizers. Or at least that was the giddy narrative embraced by the young activists." It goes on to talk about the minimising of the role social media plays in political activism, with some comments from Malcolm Gladwell, who argues that the online forms of communication did not affect the nature of the revolution. I dont think this debate is going away soon. One of the more interesting discussions I took part in at the conference this week was with Shane Hipps and Spencer Burke about technology and social media. Shane is fairly positive but has reservations, maybe caution is the word. We share some common concerns but I think I fall into different camps overall. He might use words like dis-embodiment and malformation when discussing how our online interactions affect our lives, I would say, re-embodiment and re-formation, to describe similar experiences. I think we have to be careful not to apply past assumptions to the present without making sure that the contours of the conversation are necessarily moving towards the same ends(a bit oblique perhaps but I am tired and have to go out for an all day retreat in a minute or two, so will come back to this and other stuff later).