Post by: Mustafa Stefan Dill
Although I’m both a social media geek and a Muslim concerned with developments in the Middle East, I’ve actively resisted writing about the role of social media in the Arab push for democracy because there’s plenty o’ punditry on that front to go around.
However, some articles that seek to dismiss social media’s role in events — most notably Malcom Gladwell’s
two pieces (first in October and then a sniffy defense in early February) and Devin Caldeway’s piece on TechCrunch — display an incredible lack of understanding of the user behavior behind how social media is used.
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