But as the unveiling showed, Egypt had been working stealthily on a new technology—REALpeacefulREVolution 1.o—or weRvolt build 1.0 (as marketing has it.) A colossal open-sourced technology piggybacked on wired social networking platforms Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Updated Feb. 23
By Russ Imrie, Arlington VA
When he absolutely must speak and rally his nation, King George VI finds his voice at a critical time. True story, and “The King’s Speech” is a great film. Like all the best art and history, it tugs at our common humanity.
On a greater stage, the Egyptian people rolled out EGYPT 2.0 in the last few weeks. Forgive me for having missed this coming. I had a lot of company. Great advances in communications and technology had emerged beginning in 1800 and the Industrial Revolution. Egypt not so much. Beyond being consumers and users of up-to-date technology, at least in the great urban centers like Cairo and Alexandria, Egyptians had not been noted as inventors and technologists throughout this era. In fact some believed [Egyptian] innovation had ground to a halt millennia ago.
But as the unveiling showed, Egypt had been working stealthily on a new technology—REALpeacefulREVolution 1.o—or weRvolt build 1.0 (as marketing has it.) A colossal open-sourced technology piggybacked on wired social networking platforms Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. As Jules Verne visualized rocketry, submarines, and a subversively global technology discourse, weRvolt 1.o actualizes a working description of the future—a future where flesh and blood humans seamlessly connected with every other human compose a new reality. In symphony.
The Cyborgs of science fiction are one-vision-sinister-cool but who does their styling? A more developed, “softer” version has been incrementally evolving. Much like Tesla and Edison incubated electrical power, like science and DARPA incubating ASCII/TCP/IP/MAIL/HTML/XML et al, Egyptians have made a first credible leap to the next level.
In the best traditions of the open-source movement, anyone is free to adopt the weRvolt application. A theoretical treatise is available on line. The stack is ported to every possible platform, not merely the usual suspects—Euro-American elites—and can be customized. The standards committees are developing fast-evolving rules and a new division will be encapsulated into the next iteration of the general GPL. Language packs included. The robust open-source model of systems development is demonstrating its agility in adaptation to social modeling applications from its foundation as a strictly technical environment. Who woulda guessed? It cannot be commercialized as have recent versions of governance (i.e. American Democracy Classic or iPutin.) All developments are archived and available [free] for download, distribution, authoritarian discomfit and of course, motivational objectives in upgrades to general democracy undertakings (real time or developmental.)
Part and parcel (or packet as the case may be ) as I write this morning, are social networked friends here in Washington DC plus some beyond. Some time ago, I attended a talk at the Palestine Center by Adel Iskandar about his book – a collection of accounts, opinions, and analysis on the writings of Edward Said. We “friended” on Facebook and I read his wall as the Egyptian rollout evolved. Last night my wife and I hung out with Adel for celebration, drinks, hummus and talk. He had just pushed out his new article on AL MASRY AL YOUM (The Egyptian Today), Egypt’s most influential opposition newspaper. New territory here for this Indian.
Like steam, telephone and flight in eras before, social networking technology has surged human development into the glaring light of a new era posed like a Kardashianite in front of a blue screen logo’ed with “PROGRESS.COM.” Euro-Americans have closely held the reins (and taken all credit, décolletage and status, as codicil) to these steps for the last 400 years. Egypt is now clearing the road for the next stage in humanity’s open-source success story. They earned the credit over the previous three weeks and they must claim it.
Russell Imrie lives in the Washington DC area and is a veteran and member of a Native American tribe. 1. My earlier blog on evolving social networking and its political power 2. on the blogging phenomenon and classic [print] journalism.
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