Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

Jacob Hicks

English 150

11 September 2012

 

The
article “Small Change: Why the Revolution will not be Tweeted” by Malcolm
Gladwell addresses how America now and how America in the past has changed due
to the advance in technology. He starts off by describing A Monday in 1960 at a
Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina where four college student’s
band together to protest the segregation of whites and blacks at the restaurant.
In a short month the four students turned into thousands branching out all the
way to Texas. The author takes time to point out that this was all done without
twitter, facebook, or any other social network. As the article continues he
addresses that with social networks you can get involved with many different
organizations and causes but by doing so you are taking the easy way out and
not actually helping the organization. He says that in the old days if you
supported a cause you went out and protested and made a difference, and that today
you just sit at your computer.

 

I
personally think that Mr. Gladwell makes some good points but does not give
enough credit to our technological generation. We may not be running in the
streets trying to make a change but at least when we sit at our computer we
learn about all of the different causes and are able to take that information
and share it with other people we know. Also by sharing it with others it has
us talking about it and discussing our opinions on the situation. I do agree we
may not be the most active generation but at least we care enough to read about
it and share it with those that we know.

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2 Responses to Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

  1. Nathan Altman says:

    I agree in that you cannot just ignore social media when organizing current day revolutions. The amount of people that use social media sites is ever growing, this can easily be used to a modern day revolutionist’s advantage. Even the people who simply “like” and “share” things on Facebook, although minimum effort is required, are still raising some awareness.

  2. Tiffani Jefferies says:

    I think you are right we are not faced with the issued they had in the 60’s. So the way our generation is getting involved is by liking things and sharing stories we see on social networks. I think we are making a difference because we are speaking our minds we are just doing it over the internet.

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