Most protest movements culminate in some sort of new law or government that satiates the masses. While the OWS movement has drawn attention from thousands if not millions across the globe, so far its most notable legislative accomplishment appears to be a ban on camping in McPherson Square. So, the question is, how does the movement get a response from the government?
Ben Brandzel concludes his critique of Malcolm Gladwell’s paper Small Change with the suggestion that we use social media as a tool to ‘beat back the blaze’ of corporate cash that is ‘running through our democracy like wildfire’. But how can we do that if the government has no Facebook page, twitter, etc.? Luckily we are a democracy and by engaging ourselves we may engage the government. If we can become engaged through social media in activities such as brainstorming potential legislation, informing people how to communicate with their representatives, explaining the legislative process, encouraging people to vote at all levels of elections (not just the presidential ones), we might stand a chance at making a dent in this thing. Just like social media can be used to send a ‘flash crowd’ to occupy a city, so it can be used to inundate a democracy with change—if the right tactics are employed.