Social Mobility and Social Media

With the increase in violence in the Middle-East and North Africa, it is interesting to note the role that Social Media has played in increasing the Social Mobility of the local people in those countries. Revolution against oppressive governments has been made possible by the prevalence of new technologies world-wide. Groups can use sites such Facebook and Twitter to spread their ideas, reach an audience and bring common people together. The people of Egypt for example were brought together through the medium of Tweets and Wall Posts.

All revolutions spread through communication, based on a set of principles that gather a large group together who share common goals. Social Media is the tool which makes it easier to increase social status, away from the glare of oppressive governments and state control. Twitter and Facebook are being used to capture the voice of a people and amplify it to a receptive audience. Revolts are based on movements and Social Mobility is more accessible with the increase in popularity of Social Media.

Reading a WSJ article recently I was impressed and heartened by the events in Egypt which gives you an example of what is possible through Social Media. The question you have to ask is, how can we use Social Media for our own Social Mobility?

For additional reading: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703786804576137980252177072.html

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