Why is that?
I have been thinking about this phenomena, "the face of " the revolution.
As the western audience is presented with carefully crafted images and narratives about these revolutions and the people that allegedly inspire them.
Why is a face is presented? A face of the revolution. A face that rallies the revolutionaries for change! Or so we are told.
If one stops to really appreciate this "face of" concept, you realize what is happening is mass marketing.
Think of the face of, from a marketing perspective. It is a form of branding by association.
It is a concept used, to get the consumer-someone who can be influenced by marketing and advertising, to associate a face with certain product or service.
It can be a mascot-
What brand do you associate this mascot with? What company is this the "face of"?
It can take the form of celebrity-
How often does one see a celebrity named as the "face of" a certain product or service.
Let me give you a few examples? "The Face of" Gucci, "The Face of " Estee Lauder
Lots of celebrity names associated with those brands.
So recognizing the "face of " pattern in marketing, we should all understand that it is a tool used so often, we are not even consciously aware of it usage.
Let's get back to our western backed revolutions and the "face of" those revolutions.
In Iran, it was Neda Agha-Soltan, who was shot during a demonstration.
If you recall this was quite a controversial happening.
It was never clear if she had actually been shot, who had shot her, or where exactly she had been shot.
Interesting article here, covering the numerous inconsistencies with that story.
In Tunisia, it was a fruit seller called Mohammed Bouazizi who set himself on fire.
Allegedly for having been so insulted by a police officer? Or so the story goes. But really, we don't know what the true story is. He could have set himself on fire because he was emotionally or mentally unstable? He was an unmarried man, at the age of 26, who is still living with his mother. Which has got to be pretty rough!
Is martyr just stuff of Tunisian legend?
Bouazizi’s compelling tale was told and retold across every medium, and will soon even be the subject of a major motion picture. That a single strike from a police officer could give rise to revolt across an entire region was the type of narrative legend that Hollywood producers only dream of.
The town recently became divided after Bouazizi’s mother, who is regarded by some with suspicion, dropped the charges against the police officer who reportedly hit her son. Others doubt that Bouazizi was ever slapped in the first place.
"Mohamed Bouazizi is not our hero. He's your hero," said Nader Ncibi, 35, referring to the droves of foreign media who flooded his native Sidi Bouzid after Ben Ali's departure and helped disseminate Bouazizi's story.
Interesting that the mother would drop the charges against the police officer who caused her son to take his own life??? Not the Tunisian people's hero, but the hero of foreign media?
My that is curious? You know what, it get's more curious still-
This mother has been profiting from her sons death, and she admits it!
Manoubia freely admits she, also, has made money from the global interest surrounding her son's death.
Moving from a small home, where family members slept on the floor on just a mattress, to a large apartment in a seaside suburb. Complete with caged canaries.
I find that so odd. She drops the charges against the police officer and profits from her son's death?
In Egypt, the "face of" the revolution was Khaled Said.
The narrative presented is that he put a video of the Egyptian police, sharing the spoils of a drug deal, on line and this resulted in his death.
The reality is, Khaled Said may or may not have put the video on line?
How would that be verifiable?
If he did indeed put the video on line, how did Khaled Said come to get the video?
The most obvious and glaring answer to that question would be that Khaled Said was involved in drug dealing?
I would think if he did indeed post the video as claimed, that he would had to have been involved in the drug deal that went down. Is this why he turned up dead?
How did this whole incident become tied to a revolution?
It doesn't seem to have much of anything to do with a revolution?
Corrupt police aren't exactly a unique to Egypt problem. The G-20 in Toronto, Canada saw alot of police corruption and no revolution! As for drug dealing cops in Canada.. just one example
In Syria it has now become Hamza al-Khatib.
As is freely admitted in the opening linked article article -
"We do not know the circumstances of his horrific death".
But that isn't stopping the western media from spinning his death as "the face of"
Faced with all these questionable faces of the so called revolutions, I am left wondering if this is all some sort of mass marketing campaign. Targeting gullible western audiences, that are so used to management perception and hollywood movies, they can't tell fact from fiction or reality from fantasy.