In his article, Bill Wasik makes the claim that social media has played an extraordinary role in the organization and spread of riot and protests in the 21st century. However, it is important to question how absolute this claim really is and to not automatically give this technological phenomenon more credit than the ability of mankind to organize without such resources. This especially important considering that the make up of the Occupy Wall Street movement consists of people from all different demographic backgrounds including social class. It can be argued that a significant number of these people are of lower economic class, a huge motivation for joining the movement, and therefore may not able to afford such luxuries as smart-phones and laptops.
Therefore, it is important to not discredit the power that lies within mankind unaided by technology so organize such protests, a claim made by Malcolm Gladwell in his article. Gladwell shows that the same ability to organize that was present in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in the U.S., a time without any internet, texting, or tweeting, was used in the revolt in Moldova in 2009. This protest was labeled the “Twitter Revolution”; however, few twitter accounts even existed in that country at that time.
While there certainly are plenty of twitter accounts and the such involved in the Occupy Wallstreet Movement, there must also be that same form of technologically unaided organization present in this movement because, demographically speaking, the protestors consist of those in a low economic classes. These people therefore, would be unlikely to afford such means of technological communication and would have had to have been influenced into joining the movement the old fashioned way that Gladwell claims was a more legitimate form of human activism.