I wonder what Malcom Gladwell is thinking now about the relevance of social media as a tool for promoting social activism.
This week’s protests in Egypt, not to mention earlier mobilizations in Tunisia that managed to end the 23-year-long rule of President Zine E Abidine Ben Ali, seem to challenge Gladwell’s idea that social media doesn’t affect one’s motivation to participate in risky social movements.
By Lynn Johnson
Emergent social movements are themselves not new, but are generating change in seemingly new ways…ways that are difficult to predict and harder to control. Is the State Department getting on board or in the way?
Three years ago, TRG began a study of the phenomenon of self-organization in human systems, whereby like-minded individuals locate, organize and motivate one another in support of a social or political cause. …
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