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Saturday, September 15, 2012

When Gil-Scott Heron wrote that "The revolution will not be televised" he was right. Instead, it will be youtubed, it will be statused, and it will be retweeted. Social networking sites reach more than 82% of the global population: 1.2 billion people. And governments are afraid.

Today, a handful of users on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube can launch a movement that 
can topple a regime. Just look at Tunisia. Just look at Egypt. It can organize the frustration 
of middle class Americans from the impotent complaints of individuals into a spontaneous, 
passionate and primal force. A wave doesn't demand concessions, but you have no choice but 
to acknowledge it when it crashes down on you. We are the 99 percent. And what are the 
results? New governments, an informed and politically active people, and validation.

A little over a year ago, The United Nations declared internet access a basic human right. 
You are a change agent whether you know it or not. Whether you want to be or not. 
Everyday you blithely browse your virtual network you participate in an engine of social
transformation. Welcome to the Hyper Revolution.

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