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Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The…

Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (2012)

by Paul Mason

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Originally published in 2012 to wide acclaim, this updated edition, Why Itʹs Still Kicking Off Everywhere, includes coverage of the most recent events in the wave of revolt and revolution sweeping the planet -- riots in Athens, student occupations in the UK, Quebec and Moscow, the emergence of the Occupy Movement and the tumult of the Arab Spring. Economic crisis, social networking and a new political consciousness have come together to ignite a new generation of radicals. BBC journalist and author Paul Mason combines the anecdotes gleaned through first-hand reportage with political, economic and historical analysis to tell the story of todayʹs networked revolution. Why Itʹs Still Kicking Off Everywhere not only addresses contemporary struggles, it provides insights into the future of global revolt. -- Publisher description.… (more)



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Although this book took a long time for me to read, I still give it five stars because Paul Mason takes such in depth look at the possible reasons for the all current unrest and social movements that are taking place simultaneously around the world. He doesn't just look at economics (which is obviously a primary factor in the events of 2011) but at a variety of issues that forced people to the streets. Social networking, the freedom of the individual, the unsustainable system of neo-liberal capitalism: these are all just some of the themes that Mason discusses. However, I did find some of the connection that Mason tried to make a tedious at times. Mason also argues that there are similarities between what is happening now and the socio-economic battles that took place in Europe during the mid 19th century.

Where Mason shines the most, however, is when he tells the stories of people affected by gross inequalities. Whether it's the protesters in Greece, Tahrir Square or Spain or the poor of the Southwest United States or the Philippines, Mason manages to covey their stories in such a way that it hard not to empathize and sympathize with their plights. He makes their stories seem intimate in way that other journalists would have surely failed. This book is what journalism should be. ( )
1 vote ModernMuslimah | Jun 5, 2012 |
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