Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The Social Web and The Revolution
The social web is the place where we can share information, connect and interact with people. But, hey, don’t we do that already in real life? Well, yes, we do. And we been doing it for ages… Just think about the time when Romans sent messages across the realm using Imperial messengers that rode horses between posts. Each post had a fresh horse waiting ready to continue the ride. And that was the way they communicate.
So why is the Social Web such a big deal? It is mainly because, since the Romans, things have evolved to such an state where you and me have the power to express ideas and spread messages that can be heard not only by 10, 20 or 30 people, but by millions of them, and in a rapid manner. Think aboutthe Arab spring, where people used the social media to organize a revolution and spread their message worldwide. The Syrian regime attempted to control traditional media and frame its message through press conferences, rebels used YouTube and social media to provide real-time footage of the conflict, portraying the regime in a negative light.
Ain’t that cool? People are using the digital world to drive powerful messages that can change a society and bring down political regimes (See video starting at 1:01:17)
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