THE SMARTPHONE RIOTS? BY ANNE APPLEBAUM
The rioters themselves do not wave signs… They have not sought publicity for their views, if they have any… And thus have they become the inkblot in a kind of national Rorschach test: Everyone sees in them the political issue they care about most, whether it’s welfare dependency, budget cuts, the decline of public education or — my personal favorite — the rise of a vulgar and amoral public culture. And yet it is their lack of politics that most clearly defines them. If the Egyptians in Tahrir Square wanted democracy, and the anarchists in Athens wanted more government spending, the hooded men in British streets want 46-inch flat-screen HD televisions.