This short, stunning, PDF by Shlomo Goltz on “Evolution of the Protest” is a must-read for students of smart mobs. Goltz combines scholarship and graphic design into a short booklet. I’m adding it to my syllabi.
This book will explore of the use of communication networks in the context of
activism. It Is about how networks emerge, what they look like, and how they act. An example from the Civil Rights era known as the Nashville sit-ins will set the stage by illustrating how a basic sit-in functions. A protest known as the Battle of Seattle will be used to show how the advances of communication and organization that have been facilitated by mobile communications technologies.12 It is imperative that the protestors of today understand how modern communications technology can improve the efficiency, precision, and effectiveness of protest.