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Blog 9: Political Involvement

“The new tools of social media have reinvented social activism. With Facebook and Twitter and the like, the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been upended, making it easier for the powerless to collaborate, coördinate, and give voice to their concerns”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Malcolm Gladwell

I agree whole heartedly with Gladwell that social networking has definitely allowed us to be more active in political arenas with out being physically there, but I think that it does limit us and set boundaries on what we can do. Gladwell talks about the importance of physically being somewhere and the impact what that can do for social change. Take for example the fight for independence going on in Egypt. They saw the advancement of what social networking could do and used that to organize and inspire social change.  They couldn’t just blog or tweet but be there in front of the administration, yelling in person, and voicing and demanding their wants.

What Gladwell and Shirky wanted us to get from their articles is that social networks, emails, blogs, text messages are very helpful in organizing events but you can’t just stop there. You have to move forward by going to the events and physically being there. There is always strength in numbers and showing them shows power.


  1. April 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Good. A brief post, but clear and well-structured.

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