Wired Magazine has what I consider to be an unfortunate headline and cover story, “How Social Media Fuels Social Unrest”. This is dangerous nonsense. It goes on to say, “The new revolutionaries are networked, mobile, and coming to a city near you.” Sounds like the American Revolution to me.
My great objection is that this makes it seem like no one has any reason to be upset about the state of the world today and that social media is simply stirring things up. Really? The implication seems to be that revolt would not be occurring if there was no method for sharing information, moreover, electronic information. Social unrest happens when leadership fails and things get so bad that apathy is overwhelmed by a pragmatic self interest. Wired doesn’t get it.