A snippet from the stream of media history
June 20th, 2009


This image is a screenshot from the top trending topic in Twitter today: #IranElection. Thousands upon thousands of tweets like the ones in the image are streaming today through Twitter. I thought it worthwhile to preserve a snippet here from this astounding outpouring of what is emerging as worldwide smart mobbing.

I was alive when Hitler invaded Poland and other European countries, and I remember that nothing was heard directly from people there on the only world medium then, radio. What would have happened if Poles could have Twittered? Could the Khmer Rouge have operated their killing fields if Cambodians had had today’s mobile phones? These are thoughts that have given me great optimism as I have watched the Twitter stream today from Iran and in support of people there demanding freedom of expression.

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