Tools like Twitter can also make us feel as if we are somehow a part of something, without actually doing anything. We can't be a part of the actual organizations and social/cultural/political groups driving a revolution in a distant land, but we sure can tweet about it and pat ourselves on the back for 'supporting freedom', even as our tax dollars stream into oppression machines the world over... but gods forbid we take to the streets like they are over there, that is unseemly and old-fashioned and out of style and might even get messy and violent. Can't have that, can we?
Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Commenter "Eric K" (yes, my partner's name is Eric, yes his last name starts with "K," yes you guessed it) over at dKos