Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Movements in the Age of Social Media

From the article, #Riot: Self-Organized, Hyper-Networked Revolts—Coming to a City Near You:

We declare the obsolescence of “bricks and mortar,” but let’s be honest: What we usually want to avoid is the flesh and blood, the unpleasant waits and stares and sweat entailed in vying against other bodies in the same place, at the same time, in pursuit of the same resources. And yet: On those rare occasions when we want to form a crowd, our tech can work a strange, dark magic.

Given recent events in our society, including the Egyptian uprisings, the international Occupy movement, and the UK riots, social media — and technology in general — have played a pivotal role in organizing and communicating. Arguments have been made that the breadth of the Egyptian protests — composed mostly of Egypt’s youth population — was made possible largely by social technologies including Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. The Occupy movement relies heavily on the capabilities of social media technologies to coordinate its activities and maintain a constant flow of up-to-the minute information for all the world to see. Read more of this post