Espreso TV

Espreso TV, so thoroughly described by Wikipedia as “an Internet television station in Ukraine that started to operate in November 2013. Espreso TV has brought Euromaidan protests to world’s screens“. Not much is it? It reminds one of Egypt’s long-forgotten ‘leader’ Adly Mansour, who shot from mediocrity to fame and back again in the space of a single chaotic week last July with a similar Wikipedia page bereft of content, let alone background. Although Mansour’s page did have it’s moments.

Live Feeds

During the February 18th riots in Kiev – if indeed that is what they are – this fledgling “Internet TV Station” was being shown as a live feed on a giant colour screen right over the rioters’ heads. Some might say encouraging them.

To see what is occuring we have taken a large screen shot with two feeds displayed on a dual-monitor. It shows that the Espreso feed was displayed on a screen above the rioters. The image will open full-size in a separate brwoser window when clicked.

click to download big picture; rt espreso maiden small

The screen was visible in RT’s feed but seen at an angle. When watching the live-feeds side-by-side one could perceive a time gap whenever Espreso changed their camera angle (of which they appear to have had several to choose from). The Espreco feed on YouTube was streaming about thirty-seconds behind the live action.

Could you imagine anti-government rioters in Times or Trafalgar Squares having big-screen close-up TV coverage of their own riot going on right over their heads? From their own cameras?

It is not a coup

Tahrir Square: It is not a coupThe feeds, seen from any angle, are reminiscent of the theatricals surrounding last Summer’s Sugarcoated Coup in Cairo. Many of the by-now familiar props are on display: Tents, music and speeches over the PA, laser-lights, burning barricades, mass social-media following, and even propaganda projected onto, or in Kiev’s case out of, the walls of the surrounding buildings.

If recent history, Egypt’s or Ukraine’s, is any indicator, half of those rioting to get Yanukovych out of power today will be going to the polls to re-elect him by 2017, tops. Or more likely fighting the other half with guns, artillery, and tanks.

Fortunately for Western cities this kind of thing isn’t likely to be happening in a town near you anytime soon. Stand easy. Western authorities do not permit ‘protestors’ to project electronic propaganda onto, out of, or anywhere near walls, buildings, or any other place it might be seen. They’ll switch the mobile networks off as well, so it can’t even be tweeted either. Not that Westerners would dare, knowing that their every act is being tracked by their very own secret state police.

The West’s protestors remain limited to the stone-age methodology of furtively daubing their message on the wall by hand. The only technology the West’s angry youth can get anywhere near to a protest ‘free-speech’ zone is a spray-can.

Ukraine: The view from the West

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