The Power of Smart Mobs

Smart mobs, according to Dictionary.com, is a group of people who assemble, move, or act collectively by using cellular phones or other wireless devices to communicate. In my most recent readings of Chapter 9, we discuss the power of communication via technology from cell phones and computers and how it can be used to bring people together for a cause or purpose. On numerous accounts, text messages and mass sharing of communication have overthrown governments as well as changed the course of time for lots of places.

With these new kinds of technology such as tablets and more social networking sites as well as communications apps, getting organized is not as hard as it used to be. The political advantages of SMS messaging and social implications of this are tremendous; no longer does society have to rely on fliers or word of mouth to relay messages, but can now turn to email, Twitter, Tumblr, and other networks.

City after city, one person, who can be described as the lone wolf, has a cause that they want to stand for and try to organize people and rally them to their cause. They tell one other person, that one person tells more people and before you know it, you have a “swarm” of people. With all the technology we have today, nothing is impossible without a leader.

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