Malcolm Gladwell's Small Change: Why The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

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Malcolm Gladwell was born in England in 1963, and was raised in Ontario, Canada most of his childhood. Gladwell has had a very successful career appearing on Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, and is a bestselling author of four books. In Gladwell’s story “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted” he elaborates on how the civil rights movement was a success. Malcolm believes people back then were more determined to get their point across, going on to say “These events in the early sixties became a civil rights war that engulfed the South for the rest of the decade-and it happened without email, texting, Facebook, or Twitter” (Gladwell 170). Gladwell discusses how social media has changed people’s interactions in modern time. He feels that social media has caused a “weak tie activism” meaning people do not care as much for what they are fighting against.…show more content…
I feel like Gladwell failed to notice the positives of social media and the power it can bring us. For example, in Zach Gannon’s blog he views this situation as a “tradeoff “saying it “comes with the access to all this new knowledge and that with technology ever evolving it’s best to just try to take advantage of the situation at hand” (Gannon). Gladwell may be right when he says people on social media do not care what they are fighting for, but I have noticed many instances on Twitter where a lot of people do care. No matter if, people are arguing about politics, sports, or even racism the ones who do care will actually voice their opinion, and stand behind it. We are in a day of age where as a society we must accept the role of social media. It is true that social media has changed our views/actions throughout time but we must make it a positive tool, and understand all the great benefits it can bring

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