Stephen Buckley replied to the topic New Yorker Article – Annals of Innovation Small Change Why the revolution will not be tweeted. By Malcolm Gladwell in the forum Gov 2.0 ≠ Open Government 9 years, 8 months ago
I like the next to last paragraph (below). Gladwell is talking about “networks” (e.g., GovLoop) vs. “hierarchies”. The emphasis added is mine.
Shirky considers this model of activism an upgrade. But it is simply a form of organizing which favors the weak-tie connections that give us access to information over the strong-tie connections that help us persevere in the face of danger. It shifts our energies from organizations that promote strategic and disciplined activity and toward those which promote resilience and adaptability. It makes it easier for activists to express themselves, and harder for that expression to have any impact. The instruments of social media are well suited to making the existing social order more efficient. They are not a natural enemy of the status quo. If you are of the opinion that all the world needs is a little buffing around the edges, this should not trouble you. But if you think that there are still lunch counters out there that need integrating it ought to give you pause.
Does the underlined sentence remind you (as it does me) of what we have been observing in the “OpenGov/Gov2.0” network?
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