Historical Activism Analysis
Each and everyday, as one flips through the television, the news is constantly filled with ways of attracting the public into the recent gossip of current events or encounters. Whether it is a revolution in Egypt, Obama’s health care plan, or a new way for people to lose weight, the media knows how to show it all. Change has erupted through our society greatly. Due to the rise in technology and social media, people tend to express their feelings on issues that they hear about on television or read about on the Internet. In the article “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted” by Malcolm Gladwell, the matter of activism through the social media world and traditional activism is discussed and compared. Gladwell makes a stimulating argument through the use of historical activism and comparing/contrasting examples by stating that social media activism today cannot replace the personal effectiveness and sacrifice that traditional activism has contributed to society in the past. Gladwell explains his argument through the many examples of historical activism. He starts off by talking about how “in Greensboro, North Carolina four black college students sat down at a diner to get a cup of coffee” and were denied service due to the color of their skin (Gladwell). He sets the scene of the story and then discusses how many people started to crowd the diner due to this incident. It began with only 4 African American boys and ended up with a whopping number of six hundred protestors that participated. Gladwell discussed how activism in 1960’s was dealt with much differently compared to today, how successful past activism displays true activism prior to the technological Era. Gladwell’s target audience for this article would be the younger generation because they are the ones who currently utilize the world of technology. He shows us how a simple sit-in like this was done without the use of social networking. Today, teenagers are...
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