Arab Spring vs European Riots: what’s the real point?

The newborn socialnetwork-culture gave a great contribution to the fast spread of communications as well as informations, making possible to organize in a quite short time good events such us peace manifestations, eco-awarness conferences, artistic/cultural shows and new forms of expression like the flash mobs. But at the same time, the continuous and limitless communication have regrettably helped other absolutely worse aggregations, that have converted theirselves in riots because of anarchic organizations whose only purpose is to cause  disorder and distruction.

That’s just what happened in London, between the 6th and the 10th of July 2011, where crowds of young men invaded the streets of UK capital destroying and plunding dozens of shops, cars, buldings and so on. And a similar thing happened in Rome, Italy, too: last saturday (15th October) bands of young people overflowed into the streets of the centre, damaging lots of shops and bars next to the Colosseum. What’s going on?

Well, this is not a sociologist neither a long-experienced person’s point of view, but in my opinion those riots, in London and in Rome – two important european capitals – have just underlined the complete superficiality and, above all, lack of goals and uncaring-attitude as well as desenchantement toward the future, that is typical of this age’s youth. Those guys have evident social difficulties in relating to other people, and especially in respecting either other people’s properties, or – even – public monuments/spaces. In addition to this, their “social-disfunction” is worsened by the huge spreading of mobile/internet communication, which is taking place against the normal, “ancient” use of meeting and talking face to face, and which increases the silent distance between people. Not mentioning the serious absence of respect and civil education that affects many people,young or not so, nowadays. So what happens? As a consequence, those guys who claim theirselves as “anarchic”, just take advantage of peaceful demonstrations to take their nonsense anger out and give vent to their blind rage, as they’re not able to find a better way to express their attitude towards society and politics, neither a reason – a real, deeper reason –  in whom believe, and for whom apply theirselves into a good target.Manifestation during the Arab Spring

On the other hand, the demonstrations that have runned out through Mid-east between december 2010 and may 2011 – the so-called Arab Spring – have been quite different: here the cause is not a bad government, or the death of some guys during the first desorders day, but the willingness to bring down a completely anacronistic regime to to be, finally, free in a democratic government. That’s what happened in Tunisia,  Egypt, Lybia, Israe and many other arab regions. They don’t fight because they didn’t received a good education, but just because they represent the first generation, in their countries, who have received it. They don’t fight to take out their anger, missing in a real and concrete life goals, but just because they already have clear goals in life, highly obstaculated by their totalitarian regimes. Indeed, they don’t fight for fight’s sake, but they’re led by the passion and the strong trust about their future, as the 1968-seventies generations put in their youth, when they turned over the old rigid values of family, politics, female condition, love, marriage, and academic culture in general.

Then, both of the countries have used discutible methods of urban guerrilla warfare, that in countries like Libya has been converted into a bloody civil war. But, up to now, the consequences are totally different from each other: the Arab Spring riots have succeded in bring the old government down, even if the possibility of overflow decades-long regimes was just unthinkable only a yearago. The European desorders, instead, have’n caused any changement but damages to either private or public goods. So, the question is: what’s the point of all that?

Carlotta

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