Malcolm Gladwell, in his essay, “Small Changes: Why the Revolution will not be Tweeted,” he makes some very good points on the notion that social media has opened doors to new kinds of protests. Also, that the Internet and tools of social media have helped us to become better organizers than we’ve ever been.
Malcolm Gladwell is an excellent author and shows it in this essay. The length of research that he goes to in order to inform his audience on this subject is very respectable. Gladwell starts off this essay with the famous event of Monday, February 1, 1960; when “four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.” This is a great way of showing what this essay is about, because at the beginning of paragraph four he starts to get to the social networking part of the essay.
I just would like to mention that as I am typing this Summary & Response, the word “tweeted” is not being autocorrected. This shows how huge social networking has become.
When I read “There is strength in weak ties,” I thought that sociologist Mark Granovetter was a little crazy. But once I turned the page I saw his reasoning, and I agree with it. When you want to accomplish something that needs numbers instead of connections, then it is good to have a thousand friends on Facebook. This can also come in handy even if you’re not plotting a revolution. This can help you if you meet someone of status and want to keep a good relationship with them. You don’t have to talk to them or even look at their page, but having them as a Facebook friend can come in handy if you ever need to meet with them again. As I said before, Gladwell is an amazing author and I respect him for his research. This essay really opened my eyes to the changes that social networking has brought to the world. So in the word of Malcolm Gladwell: Viva la Revolución