Quick: what did the international pillow fights over the weekend have in common with the 10,000 young Moldovans who came from nowhere to protest Moldova’s communist leadership?
This is too easy. The Internet, you say. Facebook. Twitter. Social networking. New tools.
But how did they find each other? The speed of the contacts, the wide spread reach of the contacts. Amazing. Beats hell out of the telephone tree from yesteryear.
As mainstream media withers, affinity groups are growing. Like-minded people can search and find each other with just a few clicks of the computer. Like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon, only faster, and world wide.
Fun, you say. Well, certainly the pillow fights were. But the protests in Moldova were aimed at overthrowing a government. What if that had been a democratic government instead of a communist regime? Still fun?
Coming soon to a public street near you – the Great American Tea Party. Events are planned in 360 American communities, maybe more.
It’s going to be big.
I’m tempted to join the fray. I hate the damned stimulus package. Hated it when the Bush team conjured up the three-page document. And hate it more as it flourishes under the Obama administration. I think Washington is more comfortable “taking care of” their rich Wall Street constituents than their poorer cousins up and down Main Street.
But I distrust self-serving people behind the curtain like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Reynolds, Sean Hannity, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Those flamethrowers are all but calling for armed rebellion with their distortions. And nationwide, many gun stores have sold out of bullets. Coincidence?
I hope the tea parties will be peaceful.