So 2/3 of respondents in the most secure parts of the country are dissatisfied with the electricity supply.
Somehow the interwebs and memes probably drops way down on their list of priorities.
I mention the Time piece because it speaks to Shuja's point above: that access to things like the internet, television, etc., are tightly focused in those areas where electricity is available. By extension, then, images like that from the LA Times piece are not going to reach nearly as many Afghans as the pundits already wringing their hands over what this will do to Afghan/US relations would have us believe.
Outside of that, though, there is this: actual Afghans will likely not be consulted by the vast majority of reports that will soon emerge speculating on the response by the Afghan people.
Brace yourselves for the impending tsunami of insipidity.
It's a fairly common trend in reporting both here and anywhere there are non-white type people: reliance on the opinions of "experts" and their "analysis" rather than delving into what the response will be on the part of the Afghan people. Because the hairspray helmet brigade knows what the Afghan people are really thinking.
True, there is that component of respect for the dead that's going to get hammered home by God knows how many "experts" on Islam, but this is likely not going to resonate at all with the average member of the Afghan population. (By average I mean that majority of folks working really hard to stay alive and don't really have the time to be worried about what Turbo Trooper and his crew did two years ago far away from where these Afghans actually live.)
Once again, the talking heads and would-be journalists will dress up their self-centered rehash of irrelevant photographs as concern for the Afghan people and their reactions to something the majority of the population will have no access to in any way whatsoever.
What would be refreshing would be a broad-spectrum series of interviews with Afghans from multiple walks of life who didn't rely on their job with foreign aid organizations for their livelihood. Instead, what we'll have to endure is more Kabul-centric anecdotal blurbs from graphic designers wearing pointy shoes and tailored suits.
I can't wait.