Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Started with a tweet

Photo of The Left Reverend Gary-7

So even MySpace is starting to see action on the current protests sweeping the world. An artist on MySpace name The Left Reverend Gary-7 has a song called "Started with a Tweet", which celebrates what it sees as an emerging protest movement started by social network.

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This song is interesting for two reasons.

Firstly we are starting to see the "cyber revolution" spirit spreading beyond Twitter and Facebook and extending wider and deeper, with more and more sites like Flickr and MySpace which we had not seen involved being drawn in to the current event.

We also are seeing a growing sense that the Internet is empowering protest movements. They are even motivating them, washing away much of the cynicism of the last couple decades.

Again social networks are a tool and a tool alone. There are a lot of causes for discontent from the Middle East to America. Current efforts to use the cost of the bank bailouts as a justification to reduce government spending on social programs while there is little evidence anything has been done to re-regulate the financial system has clearly angered a large number of people around the world.

But one should not discount the impact of social media. Which has been very dramatic not just for organizing and communication, but for a space for people to build a shared unified global identity.

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