Revolution by SMS

One of the interesting things about the current anti-regime movement in Egypt is that its Pr is much more sophisticated than those of most of its predecessors. Consider for instance Kefaya's use to stickers over demonstrators' mouths -- a great picture that sums a lot of things up -- or the use of websites and online petitions to garner support. Another example is this SMS that I just received:

DOWN WITH MUBARAK
DOWN WITH AMERICA
JOIN 20 MARCH DEMO SUNDAY, 1 O'CLOCK, IN TAHRIR


So much for all those Arab democrats that are thankful to George W. Bush...
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.