It’s fashionable at the moment in some circles to deride social media, and within the case of trade, many pundits are getting hyperlink bait by means of declaring that social is “over.” As we grieve at the same time over the Paris shootings the day before today, in particular those of us for whom expression of ideas is our ardour, our residing and our purpose in existence (and with social, that’s just about all of us), let’s acknowledge the big role that social media has performed.
Nearly immediately, as word of the shootings took place, the horror that was felt all over the world used to be shared on the internet (mostly on Twitter; I don’t learn about your Facebook feed, however mine was generally silent and “development-less” on the shootings); and extra importantly, individuals created the galvanizing and global cohesion symbolized and instantly branded as “Je Suis Charlie.” What’s extra, on the very core of social media, supported with the aid of all the traditional outlets of free expression from magazines like Charlie Hedbo to the new York Times, is an inexorable drive in opposition to free expression, which is the true enemy of the Islamic terrorists who did this evil deed, and as George Packer points out within the New Yorker, many extra as well, starting with Salman Rushdie however No Longer ending the day gone by, sadly.
As Packer says: “The cartoonists died for an concept. The killers are infantrymen in a struggle in opposition to freedom of thought and speech, against tolerance, pluralism, and the fitting to offend—in opposition to everything respectable in a democratic society.” Nothing is best at developing concepts on a global scale than social media, and even supposing it is a software used as well by using the terrorists, within the palms of these of us who champion freedom and tolerance, it’s a significantly extra highly effective one.
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