People power ain’t what it used to be; actually, it never was
This is based roughly on this Economist article about the wave of protests to swamp Asia recently, including those in Thailand, Nepal and Kyrgystan. It gives interesting reasons for them occurring en mass though prompted by seemingly unrelated causes. However, it fails to make the (I think valid) connection to the other riots of late–such as in Greece–which is that people are just moodier when they feel economically insecure. On top of that, all these protesters seem to have a lot of extra time on their hands. Coincidence? Probably not.
Photo credits to Ibai Lemon, rileyroxx and Sun Pictures / Lakshman all on Flickr Creative Commons.