Friday, February 04, 2011

NYT struggles to accept advantages of leaderlessness in Egyptian movement

As usual, many US media are having serious trouble grasping the concept -- and advantages of -- a movement or entity that is relatively non-hierarchical, leaderless.

Today the NYT has "Some Fear a Street Movement’s Leaderless Status May Become a Liability" (that's the online headline). The article rightly points out some of the advantages of being a leaderless movement, but still manages to turn it into a story about about how this is a liability.

Certainly there are disadvantages to being leaderless, relevant in this case as many. But seems to me the overarching reality of the last two weeks is about the advantages.


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