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How To Stage A DIY Mass Protest

By Techland Staff on February 22, 2011

Editor's Note: The following is a guest post by Conor Friedersdorf.

No matter if you're aiming to overthrow your government, or to simply shame your local state legislature, some best-practices for a D.I.Y. revolution have emerged of late.

As Egyptians revolted, Malcolm Gladwell argued in The New Yorker that the least interesting aspect of their efforts were what new media tools dissenters used. “People protested and brought down governments before Facebook was invented,” he wrote. “Barely anyone in East Germany in the nineteen-eighties had a phone.”

Grant him this: technology hasn't changed everything. It confers certain advantages, has significant limits, and is exploited by the savvy organizer as one more tool to be used when appropriate. So how to combine hi-tech and low-tech to organize a safe and successful mass uprising? H

Added: Feb-24-2011 Occurred On: Feb-24-2011
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