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The world, we are told, is in the midst of a revolution.
The new tools of social media have reinvented social activism.
The day after that, students at Fayetteville State Teachers College and at Johnson C.
By the following Monday, sit-ins had spread to Winston-Salem, twenty-five miles away, and Durham, fifty miles away.
“Western journalists who couldn’t reach—or didn’t bother reaching?
—people on the ground in Iran simply scrolled through the English-language tweets post with tag #iranelection,” she wrote.
Where activists were once defined by their causes, they are now defined by their tools. Nor does it seem to have been a revolution, not least because the protests—as Anne Applebaum suggested in the Washington protesters flew a Romanian flag over the Parliament building.) In the Iranian case, meanwhile, the people tweeting about the demonstrations were almost all in the West.
All the volunteers were required to provide a list of personal contacts—the people they wanted kept apprised of their activities—and participants were far more likely than dropouts to have close friends who were also going to Mississippi.A few months after that, when student protests rocked Tehran, the State Department took the unusual step of asking Twitter to suspend scheduled maintenance of its Web site, because the Administration didn’t want such a critical organizing tool out of service at the height of the demonstrations. Are people who log on to their Facebook page really the best hope for us all?“Without Twitter the people of Iran would not have felt empowered and confident to stand up for freedom and democracy,” Mark Pfeifle, a former national-security adviser, later wrote, calling for Twitter to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Glassman, a former senior State Department official, told a crowd of cyber activists at a recent conference sponsored by Facebook, A. As for Moldova’s so-called Twitter Revolution, Evgeny Morozov, a scholar at Stanford who has been the most persistent of digital evangelism’s critics, points out that Twitter had scant internal significance in Moldova, a country where very few Twitter accounts exist.Within days of arriving in Mississippi, three volunteers—Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman—were kidnapped and killed, and, during the rest of the summer, thirty-seven black churches were set on fire and dozens of safe houses were bombed; volunteers were beaten, shot at, arrested, and trailed by pickup trucks full of armed men. Activism that challenges the status quo—that attacks deeply rooted problems—is not for the faint of heart.What makes people capable of this kind of activism?
four-thirty in the afternoon on Monday, February 1, 1960, four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. & T., a black college a mile or so away.“I’d like a cup of coffee, please,” one of the four, Ezell Blair, said to the waitress.“We don’t serve Negroes here,” she replied. Another employee, a black woman who worked at the steam table, approached the students and tried to warn them away. Everyone wanted to go.’ ” Some seventy thousand students eventually took part.