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No You Won’t Fool the Children of the (Twitter) Revolution June 17, 2009

Posted by jorgevega in Uncategorized.

Excluding the  bloodshed and uncertainty that the Iranian people are living through right now, I have to confess the excitement I feel at witnessing such an important moment in world politics unfold; of course, this is due in part to us outside of Iran being able to participate in the revolution by following on real time the events on the internet, particularly through Twitter.

In this interesting Q&A, NYU professor Clay Shirky notes that ” it seems pretty clear that … this is it. The big one. This is the first revolution that has been catapulted onto a global stage and transformed by social media. I’ve been thinking a lot about the Chicago demonstrations of 1968 where they chanted “the whole world is watching.” Really, that wasn’t true then. But this time it’s true … and people throughout the world are not only listening but responding. They’re engaging with individual participants, they’re passing on their messages to their friends, and they’re even providing detailed instructions to enable web proxies allowing Internet access that the authorities can’t immediately censor.”

We had seen the effects of cell phone and instant communication as a leveraging tool that promotes transparency, dialogue, and mobilization among activists, but what is going right now is truly distinct in the macro linkage that technology allows for globally. Does this mean that any future revolution will be instantaneously opened to be  the world’s revolution? Maybe, and that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.


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