Malcolm Gladwell might argue otherwise since he wrote that racial reform and protests — revolutions in their own right — occurred long before Twitter or Facebook. Networking too occurred before Twitter and Facebook but without the speed, velocity and reach. Print has wings now.
To the contrary, as we watch the unprecedented events facilitated by social media unfold in Egypt, we are seeing that social media is in fact enabling a significant social revolution. Further, this is a near replication of events we saw develop in neighboring Tunisia a week earlier. Yemen and Jordan may be next given the speed of print.
That’s true to a point – it’s not the Tweets, per se, that matter, but it is the words and messages they carry. It’s an efficient exchange of information and ability to rapidly network that has enabled the protestors to organize and coalesce. No print, no feet.
Tonight, while Schaefer’s generation of cowards get a crash course on the biography of Muhammad Husni Sayyid Mubarak, Brian Solis wrote on Posterous “140 characters is more than enough to convey the struggles of humanity.”
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