Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Cairo factions clash as camels charge through crowds"

This is currently the actual headline of CNN.com, I think it sounds hilarious. Unfortunately, I turned to watch the live stream a little too late to see the camels. What can be seen are protesters, one faction on the left, one on the right, empty space between them, and they are throwing stones at each other. It looks like some kind of mass tennis without rackets.
The caption just read "Activist via Twitter urges women and children to clear the streets". Wow. Again, I highly doubt that a Twitter message reaches the people on the street, especially with the internet down and all. I read that Twitter now offered phonelines to the people in Egypt, where they can leave a spoken message that will then be tweeted out into the world. So this is working the other way round as well? If I send a tweet adressing the people of Egypt, will Twitter call them all by phone and inform them of my tweet?
Apart from that, it was of course a useful security information. Not everyone might realize the danger for children inmidst violent clashes with flying stones, mass brawls, teargas and shots fired and all this.

25 comments:

  1. CNN is crap when it comes to actual news. Stick to Al-Jazeera if you want better coverage of what's going on in Egypt.

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  2. That's pretty funny, I would like to see the camel.

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  3. I was hoping the protestors would all stick together and remain peaceful. Obviously some sort of violence is inevitable but I thought the point was all citizens, whether they were different religions or class, would protest and remain as one. It's sad to see a split amongst them.

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  4. Violent protesting is wrong! How show someone that missusing power is wrong by throwing stones at him?

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  5. I hope all this egypt thing ends well! :S

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  6. They interviewed a few people on the streets, and it seems like a lot of citizens don't know why they're protesting/rioting... just that other people they know are doing it, and there's nothing else really to do...

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  7. Finally something going on in the world.
    I can't get rid of that feeling that we're living in a pre-revolutionary time.

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  8. This is crazy I hope that itvstables out soon

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  9. when will Egypt have peace again? omg

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  10. It is sad to see these events unfold in Egypt. We can only hope that peace will return to their nation and democracy will be in the hands of the people.

    Thanks for the post

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  11. I'm not one for current events, never have been and I doubt I'm going to be, but from what I understand, the protests need not be violent, it's a little disappointing that the protesters don't grasp that point.

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  12. You know shit is hitting the goddamn fan when the camels cometh.

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  13. I laughed at CNN's headline but this is really getting out of hand. I hope this situation can be resolved soon.

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  14. Well wouldnt that be a sight to see... o_o

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  15. Try Al-Jazeera English live streaming. It's good, but doesn't have so hilarious headlines :D

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  16. cnn probably put that story up for entertainment purposes, which is totally wrong.

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  17. There is now anti and pro mubarak people out on the streets, Five have been killed and several have been wounded. Looks like it wasnt going to be as easy as some thought.

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  18. i saw it yesterday realy it is strange way to use it...

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  19. Ha, "mass tennis" fits pretty well, had the same feeling when I saw it. Stones flying left to right and back, military watching.... quite surreal.

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