Have you seen Malcolm Gladwell’s latest missive about social media and social change: Does Egypt Need Twitter?
Beth Kanter did a fantastic job addressing Gladwell’s earlier claims and concerns about social media. However, Gladwell’s “get off my lawn” ludditism has become really grating, don’t you think? Obviously social media played a role in current events in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. While the medium is certainly not the whole story, to wholly dismiss its contribution without due consideration is absurd. Shouldn’t we try to learn as much as possible about the role social media has played so that these lessons can be applied to future cases?