The Limits of Cyber-Revolutions
While I do not want to draw comparisons between the protests overseas and the fight for a non-commercial, pro-public environment, the public space issues raised in this piece are compelling.
VIA New York Magazine
Article By Eric Goldwyn
Public spaces, not virtual town squares, are still the places where uprisings are decided.
Revolutions remain a tricky business. Even as social- networking sites have changed the way insurrections are built, the daily headlines from the Middle East are a reminder that a robust Twitter following and a widely followed Facebook group are only half the battle. At some point, an uprising, to truly be one, needs a physical staging ground. And what’s gone underappreciated this Arab Spring is just how much hangs on what happens as protests make the jump from virtual to actual, old-fashioned public spaces. [More Here]