Late in the evening of December 6th, in the Exarcheia district of central Athens, 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was out with friends. Shortly after 9pm the group became part of a confrontation with members of the Greek Police. Alexandros was shot and killed.
In the days following the killing Alexandros became a symbol of a growing frustration among Greek youth over the country’s growing economic problems, rising unemployment, and a general perception of an inefficient and corrupt Greek government.
Riots in Athens over the death quickly spread like through out the country and then through out the whole of Europe.
The speed at which the riots spread has in part been attributed to organizers using text messaging and the internet as a means of spreading their message and setting up meeting locations. In an article to the Associated Press, Paul Have wrote…
At least some of the protests were organized over the Internet, showing how quickly the message of discontent can be spread, particularly among tech-savvy youth. One Web site Greek protesters used to update each other on the locations of clashes asserted there have been sympathy protests in nearly 20 countries.
This isn’t the first time we have seen the internet become a tool of the disenfranchised as a means of organizing protests.
When California passed Proposition 8 on November 4th, a wave of Anti-Prop 8 web sites such as Join the Impact, appeared on the web as a means of directing information to protesters and to organize events such as the Nationwide protest of November 15th and upcoming December 20th “Light Up The Night For Equality“.
Even in tightly controlled China, the internet has been used to organize people to effect change in government policies and stop construction of a chemical plant.
The internet is still basically in its infancy and the genie is out of the bottle. It’s difficult to imagine just how the civil rights movement of the 1960′s would have progressed had the internet been available. Imagine watching Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech as a live web cast or if Rosa Parks could have texted all her friends to join her in sitting at the front of buses all over the country on the same day.
Often, as individuals, we feel somewhat powerless against those with power, whether it be government, or the vocal majority. We sit in our homes feeling sorry for ourselves and saying “I can’t do anything about my situation so I’ll just make the best of it.” What we don’t realize is that we are rarely if ever truly alone.
Cross posted at The Pajama Pundit
In a recent post on his blog Red Baron, Chris Baron of GOProud made the claim that those on the left hate him when he wrote…
The left rarely engages me on policy, which is smart considering they support intellectually and morally bankrupt policies and I support time-tested policies that would actually improve the lives of all Americans – including gays and lesbians. Instead of engaging on policy they rely on personal attacks and name-calling, which is fine, I am a big boy and I can take it.
In the comments I made a civil reply with..
I think it’s more due to the fact that you support virulently anti-gay candidates.
I’m paraphrasing that one since I didn’t take a screen shot of it, expecting Chris to engage in a discussion on the topic. Unfortunately he seems to have taken card right out of the playbook of anti-gay hate groups like the Family Research Council and deleted my comment instead of actually debating the topic.
In another post where Chris praises Herman Cain I again post in the comments, this time asking Chris how he can support someone that is against both civil unions and marriage equality. Unfortunately, Chris once again deletes my comment instead of engaging me in polite civil debate.
All, in all it makes Chris’s post about the left not engaging him on policy a little disingenuous, because I have tried several times now to engage Chris on policy.
In yet another post praising Anti-gay Herman Cain I see that someone else has made a valid and civil comment bringing up Herman Cain’s anti-gay record. I wonder how long it will be before it gets deleted.