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How technology effected the attempted Turkish coup

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You have probably heard of the attempted coup in Turkey. I for one will never forget that night as I live in Turkey. So I saw the events as they unfolded. Minute by minute, hour by hour.

It was supposed to be a night of celebration for us as we had managed to scrape together enough clams for a huge house payment which was due that day. That evening we sat down to a few beers and munchies to celebrate.

Initially we were puzzled when word came that a special form of police had closed the Istanbul bridges. Then came disbelief as tanks rolled in the city streets of major cities then fighter planes and helicopters filled the sky in Ankara. Normally I live in Ankara but this night we were in Istanbul.

So for hours we sat glued to the television trying to learn all we could as the coup began, the president and mosques called for the citizens to rally and the coup was defeated.

I would have to say that if it were not for a little piece of technology which we all carry around the outcome would be very different. That little piece of technology is the mobile phones we are all carrying and think of as an extention of ourselves.

When the president appeared on television it was not from a studio. There were no camera crew nor reporters on site. It was an unknown site and it was over a video application which I believe is called facetime. Similar to Skype, or Viber.

Without this mobile phone and application, the president would have had a much harder time calling for the citizens to rally. It would have most probably just been a voice on a telephone. Having his image shown from an undisclosed location, on the news casters telephone, had a much greater impact.

On the other side, the people who attempted the coup also used mobile phones to organise things. They apparently used whatsapp to convey information and orders in order to keep their dealings secret. Again, without this technology things may have been very different.

It was these pocket computers and communications devices which enabled both the coup to be secretly organised and allowed the governments fast reaction. Which would have saved itself from yet another Turkish military coup. The first time I know of that a coup in Turkey has failed.

When you think about it the mobile phone which everybody finds indispensable is responsible for changing the course of history. That is to me quite mindblowing.

What do you think? Has the humble mobile phone been the equaliser in this failed Turkish coup? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.



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