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Valley Girl Revolution

Ten years ago the Egyptian Government was driven from power by mass protest. Radio coverage of those events a decade ago seemed to consist of trying a random series of cellphone numbers until they got someone at the protests and then interviewing them. The "protestors" they got through to we're basically the Cairo version of California's Valley Girls. Hardly the Voice of a Nation. But as so many of the journalists come from their own nation's privileged classes, this approach kept them within their own Comfort Zone. That's why they were so surprised by the Muslim Brotherhood won the subsequent, by Egyptian standards, democratic election. And why they failed to forsee the US-backed military coup that overthrew the Brotherhood. And yet much of the 10th anniversary radio  coverage of the revolution seemed to consist of reinterviewing the Valley Girls and their privileged English speaking ilk. 

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