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Sorry for Mubarak

I spent yesterday speaking to people in rural areas. Almost everyone was pro-Mubarak. You start to see some of the genius of the last two decades of information management.

When you wander the square or watch the protests on Jazeera, it’s easy to forget that there are still millions of Egyptians who haven’t been among the protesters, who distrust Arab satellite stations, and who derive their political narrative from state TV. Maybe they live in the countryside, and know their local NDP deputy (or NDP “independent”) well, and have a well-connected family patriarch to vouch for them before the police. Maybe they don’t have a little brother who dabbled in activism at the university, and had his head kicked in.


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