Comments on: The Middle East and the Groupon effect http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: jelpernw http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-1033 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 11:00:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-1033 This is actually what Groupon was designed for, before it was called Groupon. See ThePoint.com.

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By: breezinthru http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-974 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 07:33:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-974 @doctorjay317

Those who are not interested will of course not have a say in these matters, but what about two very large groups approximately equal in numbers and approximately the same level of zeal?

They could each in turn shut down large portions of our business activity for several weeks to months while actually causing no permanent change.

Is that kind of harmful chaos justified, even if you disagree with the protestors? At some point, the government must restore order.

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By: doctorjay317 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-972 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 02:40:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-972 “If it is only 50%, would they be morally justified in initiating a internet-coordinated assembly? Even if it was greater than 50%, what critical mass would it take to be effective in a country that ostensibly operates a government of the people, by the people and for the people?”

Well, “breezinthru”, if the rest are not interested, then those who are will decide.

If you don’t know what you want, then I guess anything will do.

Or, if you don’t know where you are going, any road will do.

Get it?

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By: breezinthru http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-969 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 13:28:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-969 Interesting article… it spawns a lot of questions in my mind.

I wonder just how popular the recent mass movements in Egypt and Tunisia actually were; what percentage of the population was not just unsatisfied in a grumbling sort of way, rather so unsatisfied with the current state of affairs that they were willing to roll the dice by taking personal action?

What was the critical mass required for people to achieve change? Was the percentage the same in both countries? How close was the critical mass to 50%?

Consider then a country like Iran with large percentages of the population in direct opposition to each other. If the ability to assemble and loosely coordinate a large group of people who are deeply committed to their position provides moral justification for doing so, how then can one side or the other ever govern effectively?

Consider then a country like America with presidential elections decided by a very small percentage of voters. What would it take for America to implement change?

For example, I wonder what percentage of American citizens believe deeply that the Wall Street profiteers and corporations who benefitted the most from the recent bubble should suffer severe financial consequences and/or put in jail, rather than continue to be treated like economic demigods?

If it is only 50%, would they be morally justified in initiating a internet-coordinated assembly? Even if it was greater than 50%, what critical mass would it take to be effective in a country that ostensibly operates a government of the people, by the people and for the people?

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By: geordie247 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-968 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 13:03:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-968 The “we” I was referring to were the people of the world.

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By: truthordare http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-965 Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:33:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-965 “We live in exciting times, full of hope for the future if we can get this right.”
Surely this is western arrogance at it’s worst – these “exciting times” are a hope for the middle east and not the west – whether that is western style “democracy” or a re-emergence of a truly honest Islamic faith it will be decided by the middle east and not the west.

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By: scarr34 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-963 Sun, 20 Feb 2011 06:21:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-963 Why not just turn the electricity off?

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By: geordie247 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-958 Sat, 19 Feb 2011 13:07:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-958 From the Russian revolution to the Orange revolution people have rarely ended up with better government after a popular revolution. Once again Ms. Freeland comes up with savvy analysis. We live in exciting times, full of hope for the future if we can get this right.

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By: WBGriffin http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-957 Sat, 19 Feb 2011 10:02:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-957 AND sometimes people just can’t bear any more for an oppressive regime … which becomes very dangerous in and of itself.

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By: anthonytung http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/18/the-middle-east-and-the-groupon-effect/#comment-956 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 22:27:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=824#comment-956 Internet mob rule is extremely dangerous!!

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