Thursday March 10, 2011. 04:00 pm. Eaton Humanities 150
Current events, particularly in Egypt, have indicated the power of social networking tools for inspiring revolution and mass mobilization. Chet Tchozewski argues that successful social activism, however, is more complicated than this. Drawing from Malcolm Gladwell's thought provoking article â€œSmall Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweetedâ€ â€“ New Yorker, 10.4.2010, and the work of social movement scholars such as Doug McAdam, Tchozewski asserts that robust activism is built not merely through tweets, Facebook chat, and other electronic communications methods but rather through solid organizing, deep social bonds and self-organizing networks predicated upon personal relationships and common ideologies that produce the fierce resolve necessary for fundamental social change. Come to learn more about social activism across time and space, and perhaps why Twitter isnâ€™t the magical new catalyst for revolutionary actions that many believe, or wish it were.