Twain said “[t]ravel is fatal to prejudice.” It’s also fatal to indifference. As the world becomes more physically, not just digitally, connected, the Mubaraks, Chavezes, and Qaddafis of the world will find it harder to control conversations about their actions. A dictator may shut down the Internet in a certain country, but they can’t mute the outrage of outside observers who feel they have a stake in ending the silence.

Justin D. Martin is a journalism professor at Northwestern University in Qatar. Follow him on Twitter: @Justin_D_Martin