It looks like she is carrying her Blackberry, doesn’t it? 1860 this was barely the case, but we can already see that writing organises a society. I recently stumbled across it in Munich’s Neue Pinakothek. Austrian painter Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller had this girl carrying a catechism (I guess).
Back then people focused at it in order to concentrate themselves away from the wildness of nature and life. These days we see it the other way around, an upheaval of citizens who carry media with them to re-arrange order and introduce life back to government. Let’s hope that violence does not take over, may the force be with them.
Here in the Western world, it might be useful to ask ourselves what we can we learn from it. This for example: all of us have joked about blogging on cats or irrelevant messages on social media. Yes, the coffee is hot. Maybe that was wrong, and these messages were just there to test the canal in case of emergency.
We saw the emergency in the past weeks. Thanks to the new digital public we can hear a choir of voices, and most of them were, by the way, not fundamentalists – this upheaval of the people was not done by the opposition, but by the citizens themselves. Yes, social media does change politics.
Let’s hope that the narrative of violence, which always seems to justify dictatorship, does not take over.