Tanker-loads of ink have been spilled writing about the democratizing effect of social media.
On the face of it, the ability to gather up thousands of people in a public square on a whim seems democratizing enough.
Unfortunately, flash-mob politics has a short shelf life.
Ultimately the novelty and the immediate rush wear off. And then what?
In Egypt, the Army has now issued Morsi an ultimatum; accommodate the protesters or the Army will step in.
Erdogan faces the same fate.
The technology of democratization will lead us back to military control.
How democratizing is that?