Mubarak was a former military commander, leading an authoritarian regime. The "transitional" military folks running Egypt now are leading an authoritarian regime that has a patina of democracy gloss. Events of this past week suggest that little has fundamentally changed: serious repression when dissent gets to be a bit troublesome. Sure, constitutions are being written, but until they are actually implemented and until they re-distribute power away from the military, not a revolution, not a regime change, just a coup.
Do listen to the Will and Chris podcast for a discussion of coups versus revolutions but also far more than that, as they consider the coverage by the media in depth, and raise all kinds of good questions, including:
Who should the media be talking to? Area experts may know Egypt or Tunisia or Syria well, but if they do not study dissent, social movements and/or repression, how much insight can they shed?