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[liberationtech] Malcolm Gladwell on Traditional vs. Online Activism
marycjoyce at gmail.com
Mon Sep 27 07:45:59 PDT 2010
... in the current* New Yorker*:
1. Gladwell draws an absolute distinction between the *strong ties* of
offline activism (example of the civil rights movement) and the *weak
ties* of online activism (examples of Darfur Facebook groups). Is this an
2. Gladwell reiterates the observation that offline activism is *
hierarchical* and strategic while online activism is *decentralized* and
ad hoc. Does this distinction doom online activism to failure or just
indicate a new mechanics of activism?
3. Gladwell argues that centralized and hierarchical protest movements,
like the civil rights movement, which "help us persevere in the face of
danger" and "promote strategic and disciplined activity" are unequivocally
more *effective* than a decentralized and networked movements. Might
this statement not be true under repressive regimes?
MARY C. JOYCE
Founder | The Meta-Activism Project | Meta-Activism.org
"Digital Activism Decoded" | New Book Drops in Summer 2010
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