Comments on Gladwell article.

Submitted on 2012/07/13 at 8:56 pm

I wanted to ‘way in’ on Gladwell’s article in The New Yorker. I my view, his thinking is old school and I do not follow his antiquated thought process. How can one compare the civil rights movement (a journey of decades) to the very rapid changes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt for example. Part of the problem is that Gladwell wrote his article in October of 2010, right before the Arab Spring. So the article missed the most important use of social media for political change!

The most important contribution that social media brings to political change is speed and scope. Social media is instantaneous and it gets the message out to a wide audience.

If social media would have been force in the 60s, I think the civil rights movement would have happened quicker and with less resistance.

One final thought: Before Gladwell comments on social media, he might want to think about trying social media out for himself. The guy hasn’t tweeted since April 2010!

Joe Howell
Cohort 12

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