Mikhail Zygar: What the Russian Revolution would have looked like on social media
Mikhail Zygar is the founder of Future History, the creative digital studio behind Project1917 and 1968.digital. Full bio
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should be focused on the rulers,
in many countries, like mine, Russia,
that was predetermined
influence it in any way.
that Russia could ever have been
history has been framed
of my life trying to go 100 years back,
and Facebook existed 100 years ago?
a social network for dead people,
all possible real diaries and letters
for each day of 1917
like Stravinsky or Trotsky,
and others thought and felt.
being ordinary people like you and me,
of their mistakes, fears, weaknesses,
has always been an autocratic empire
could never have prevailed,
was not our destiny.
of communist dictatorship.
could have had a different history
as any other country could or still can.
was the first country in the world
to grant women voting rights.
how ordinary people influenced history
of what's happening right now.
that is called 1968Digital.com,
of that year, 1968,
created the world as we know it now.
characters could use mobile phones ...
and were fighting for the same values,
in the US or in USSR
or in Czechoslovakia.
in such a democratic way,
are not the only ones making choices.
of reclaiming history.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERMikhail Zygar - Journalist, writer, filmmaker
Mikhail Zygar is the founder of Future History, the creative digital studio behind Project1917 and 1968.digital.
Why you should listen
Mikhail Zygar is a Russian journalist, writer, filmmaker and the founding editor-in-chief of the Russian independent news TV-channel, Dozhd (2010 - 2015). Prior to Dozhd, Zygar worked for Newsweek Russia and the business daily Kommersant, where he covered the conflicts in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Serbia and Kosovo. His bestseller All the Kremlin's Men is based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, presenting a radically different view of power and politics in Russia. His recent book The Empire Must Die was released in Russian and English in 2017. It portrays the years leading up to the Russian revolution and the vivid drama of Russia's brief and exotic experiment with civil society before it was swept away by the Communist Revolution.
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