It's the nature of revolution to be quick and hot and usually bloody.
While you watch these things you hope that all the right people get into power when it's done. That the government doesn't start killing. That the country makes good on the promise of individual freedom and democracy. That it doesn't abuse its new power, that it learned from its oppression, that it uses it wisely.
In the moment, before anything has had a chance to go wrong, revolutions are inspiring things. I think it's a triumph for us as a species whenever we reject tyranny and oppression.
As I watched the collective gasp for democracy in the Middle East, I was struck with the idea of making the following video. It samples footage from the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, mixed with timelapses and other footage from all over the web. The cornerstone of my mix is an amazing timelapse film shot and scored by Michael Marantz. The way it was set to Carl Sagan reading from his book "Earth: The Pale Blue Dot," inspired me. I felt it spoke to the potential of these moments.
A list of source videos are included in the infobox.
Here's to the desire to better ourselves: