February 10, 2011

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Wael Ghonim gives his take to CNN on what's been going down in Egypt and where's it going.

I said also before: if you want to free a society, just give them Internet access, because people are going to, the young crowds are going to all go out and see and hear the unbiased media, see the truth about you know other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to communicate and collaborate together…. Definitely this is the Internet Revolution. I’ll call it Revolution 2.0.

And he's using more than just a trite, catchy slogan to get his point across. The time for negotiation was over as soon as the bullets began to fly.

This is no longer the time to negotiate, unfortunately. We went on the street on the 25th, and we wanted to negotiate, we wanted to talk to our government. We were, you know knocking the door. They decided to negotiate with us at night, with rubber bullets, with police sticks, with water hoses, with teargas, tanks and with arresting about 500 people…. Thanks, you know, we got the message.

Deadly seriousness combined with a wicked sense of black humor is a distinguishing characteristic of this revolution.

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