The World Is Watching; Let's Break Some Stuff
Riots in Egypt
Riots in Libya
Riots in Syria
Riots in London - an opinion on the reason for the rioting or as he says 'insurrection'
All of these uprisings have occurred in 2011 and it is only August.
Whew! I can't keep up. Every time I turn around another part of the world is on fire. It feels like I'm in a warped version of Old MacDonald's farm -
'Here a riot, there a riot; everywhere a quiet riot! With a Blast! Blast! here, and a fire bomb there, here a loot, there a shoot, then the nerve gas to dilute.'
It is very easy to become a star today. The world, almost literally, watches your every move. All you have to do is something outrageous and post it on youtube or facebook or tweet it and voila! You are a ready made star. All it either has to be is very bad or very good and your views will skyrocket. Think about it - the flash mob was not that great until it could go viral. Everyone did not have their own version of a song until youtube. Now you can see a riot live and in living color! You can see people, whether young or old, smash the windows of shops or light a car on fire while screaming hysterically or chanting for justice.
Riots have happened all through the years. People will and do revolt. But in these days, when your every move is being watched, rioters have an advantage. It seems to me that most governments hesitate to do too much about them because they are afraid of what the global community will think of their actions. You no longer can put your country in order without hearing the opinions of everyone from around the world. That is not an exaggeration. And as with every argument, people will be divided on who is right and who is wrong. Imagine one government taking flack from the whole world. Well that is what happens everyday now when an event that is considered major happens. They get a mass opinion on their actions.
Please do not misunderstand me, I do realize that is some cases, people are so fed up of poor treatment and/or conditions that they reach the end of their ropes and that is when a riot starts - but I wonder, how many people today, while ripping apart a mattress from a store and screaming are thinking in their heads, or hey, out loud, saying, "Did they get that shot? Did they upload it?"
Seeing these riots in London make me question whether these people have a cause at all because it looks like pure vandalism to me. What is the point of mashing up stuff? Is it like a tantrum of the masses because mummy and daddy have not given us what we wanted? Or is it for show because they are playing to an audience of at least two billion? And I am not joking either, if you think about it, having an on going feature that gets world-wide media attention means that you will have more of an audience than the most popular movie stars ever will have. Everybody in the world will sit down and watch you break stuff. Hour after hour. Day after day as long as you were allowed to do it. If I was an attention seeker, I would join a riot and make sure I am at the forefront. Then, for the rest of my life I'd be able to say when the topic came up, "Well, I was there you know. Yup smashed a few things but I was fighting for our rights!" I could even dig up all the videos of the event and say, "That's me there...that's me. Yeah. No that was so and so.....oh yeah that is when we pretended to help that kid with the book bag..." But surely not one of these people involved in the riots are not attention seekers. They all have a very real cause. I hope so.
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