Time’s Man of the Year. Now the new Moses? The guy who’s invisible connectivity community helped bring down the Pharaoh of Egypt. Mark Zuckerberg getting credit for Egypt’s revolution? We were stunned last night as we watched Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer interview the de facto leader of Egypt’s revolution, the “Google Ganhdi,” Wael Ghonim.
During the course of the interview Wolf Blitzer asked Ghonim where the next revolution would take place. He answered, “Ask Facebook.”
Isn’t the leader of a revolution in a Muslim nation supposed to answer, “Ask God?” In Tahrir Square square you could hear chants, “Muslim, Christian, doesn’t matter; We’re all in this boat together!” Didn’t Obama give a speech about this in Cairo in June 2009? This isn’t your father’s Islamic revolution, our friends.
You can watch the entire interview with the Google Ghandi in the video below. Here is the relevant excerpt from the transcript,
BLITZER: Wael, this is Wolf Blitzer in Washington. So first Tunisia, now Egypt. What’s next?
GHONIM: Ask Facebook.
BLITZER: Ask what?
BLITZER: Facebook. You’re giving Facebook a lot of credit for this?
GHONIM: Yes, for sure. I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him, actually. This revolution started online. This revolution started on Facebook.
You know, I always said that if you want to liberate a society, just give them the Internet. If you want to have a free society, give them the Internet.
The one meme of the Global Macro Monitor is “transformative tech” and it is now transforming the map of the Mid-East just as it did in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.
Next up, Algeria?