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Malcolm Gladwell: It Wasn't Liberté, Égalité, Facebook, Now Was It?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 30 2011

In an interview on CNN with Fareed Zakaria, Malcolm Gladwell re-ups on the idea that the social nature of modern communications doesn't have much to do with revolutions. "I can't look in the past at social revolutions," argued Gladwell, "and see examples of cases where people had a problem, under dire circumstances, of getting lots of people to voice their concerns, right?" He cites late '90s Germany.

Leaving aside the idea that revolutions aren't one-size-fits-all, and that the way the discontented communicate might shape the nature of the resistance, to be as reductive as Gladwell, well, those were the revolutions and uprisings that happened, not the ones that didn't tip (see what I did there?) because, maybe, people weren't communicating in the way they might in more modern times. (via GigaOm)

A fun bit: The New Yorker writer is described on as "social media expert Malcolm Gladwell."