Search Mailing List Archives

Limit search to: Subject & Body Subject Author
Sort by: Reverse Sort
Limit to: All This Week Last Week This Month Last Month
Select Date Range     through    

[liberationtech] Peter Theil On Arab spring

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at
Mon Jul 23 16:06:41 PDT 2012

My two cents:

I think it's most certainly too simplistic.  Not only does it ignore the
5-10 year buildup of various online communities (as opposed to this idea
that one Facebook page suddenly created activists), but of course also
ignores the various offline factors which include food prices but also
plenty more (labor protests dating back to 2008, the increasing awareness
of police brutality, etc).

I'd point to a source, but I honestly haven't yet seen a *single* source
that covers everything.  Some folks have done great work analyzing the
online climate, others the offline, but—at least of what I've read thus
far, which isn't everything—I haven't seen anyone pull it all together.


On Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM, Prashant Singh <pacificleo at>wrote:

> Hi Guys
> Recently  at  Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Aspen, CO,  there was a
> debate between Eric Schmidt and Peter Thiel  about Contribution
> of Technology in Our Society . They touched upon many topic but  at one
> point of time during the debate  while discussing role of technology in
> enabling Arab Spiring and other revolution  Thiel said
> "*When you talk about the Arab spring, you can say that it's evidence of
>> Google and Twitter ‑‑ ‑‑ liberating the world through information.  But,
>> the actual facts on the ground are that food prices rose by 30 to 50
>> percent in the previous year and you basically had people who had become ‑‑
>> you had desperate people who had become more hungry than scared, who
>> revolted.*"
> is he being too simplistic ? was there more to the revolution than just
> Food Price ? Would like to know your thoughts . you can see the whole debat
> online at
> thanks
> --
> Prashant
> _______________________________________________
> liberationtech mailing list
> liberationtech at
> Should you need to change your subscription options, please go to:
> If you would like to receive a daily digest, click "yes" (once you click
> above) next to "would you like to receive list mail batched in a daily
> digest?"
> You will need the user name and password you receive from the list
> moderator in monthly reminders. You may ask for a reminder here:
> Should you need immediate assistance, please contact the list moderator.
> Please don't forget to follow us on!/Liberationtech

*+1-857-891-4244 |** | @jilliancyork *

"We must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the
seemingly impossible to become a reality" - *Vaclav Havel*
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the liberationtech mailing list