Last week’s military coup had a certain familiarity to those of middle age or even younger.
The sudden fading of all TV and radio broadcasting, the martial music, the general officers seated at a desk in their uniforms — all of this has been repeated many times in the past 80 years, from the 1930s through 2006. So, too, were the entirely predictable first few “announcements” of the newest junta. Several of these last week, as always, were orders, cautions, and bans on the media.
Censorship orders in 2014 seem quaint to young people. There are a multitude of communications systems, along with literally hundreds of main and sub-methods of passing information. The recent “flash mobs” of anti-coup protesters were actually unaffected by any of the announcements aimed at the media. The smartphone and tablet generation has little reliance on the type of communications targeted by the early coup announcements.
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