In the essay, “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted”, Gladwell makes a few different arguments about the changes protests have undergone. He starts the essay with the example of four black college students at a North Carolina diner in 1960. The policy of segregation was still in place during this time preventing blacks from eating at the counter of the diner. However, these college students decided they were going to come back the next day with more people. Although it grew slowly, the news of this protest spread causing hundreds of students to come together. Today, with the help of social media, the news of an uprising can be spread throughout the world in a matter of minutes. People do not have to meet in one place because the internet allows this interaction to happen.


I think that Gladwell makes a very good point with this argument because a protest in the 1960s required a great deal of courage. At that time, people heard of these protests through word of mouth and were putting themselves in danger. Today, I could be part of an online protest concerning the war in Iraq or the controversy in Syria, but I never even have to show my face. Therefore I think the idea of a protest is almost weakened because it does not require as much effort.


  1. I do agree with you, in the 1960s that protest required a great deal of courage. Being able to have thousands of people get involved with out any use of social networking really showed something. Today its extremely different, Social networking is a big part of us and like you said if we were ever protesting online, we would never have to show our faces if we did not want to. In the 1960s we knew exactly who the kids were.

  2. I agree with Laura’s response. I like that she points out how protesting in the 1960s takes more courage than protesting through social media. Also, that she believes the idea of protesting has weakened because it doesn’t require that much courage as it did before.

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