Protests have been around since man decided that things in his world needed to be changed. There is not just one particular type of community or society that is prone to protests, but rather, every society has seen some sort of movement calling for change. In Malcolm Gladwell’s article “Small Change” in The New Yorker, Gladwell recounts the Woolworth’s incident in Greensboro, North Carolina, where four black men sit at the counter designated for whites only. The protest spread in a matter of days to over a thousand people, by just word of mouth. Now, protests such as the Occupy Wall Street movement have gained supporters through social media and networking, such as Facebook and Twitter. With so many people on the Internet these days, it is amazing how quickly news can spread. Facebook and Twitter have become some of the main ways for protesters to get their claims heard and to get more people involved. However, as Gladwell claims, just because a protest is supported on the Internet, does this make it more effective? What made the 1960’s civil rights protests so effective was that everyone involved was committed. Since anyone around the world can join the Occupy Wall Street movement, perhaps people are interested in the movement, but are they willing to become committed to the protest? Perhaps the social networking and media perspective will only be useful on a broad platform, merely introducing people to the topic, and from there they can choose to become committed to the project or not.
Gladwell article: https://hnrs353.wikispaces.com/file/view/GladwellMalcolm.pdf