From Arab Spring to Autumn Rage

The anti-Mohammed film by 'Sam Bacile' reveals the dark side of social media's power.

By Andrew Lam

SAN FRANCISCO--In 2010, Time magazine's prestigious Person of the Year title went to two individuals. While its readers picked Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, Time’s editors picked Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. “Facebook is now the third largest country on earth and [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

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    Contagious violence attributable to the introduction of new media is at least as old as the Early Modern Period.  Gutenberg’s printing press made it possible to produce large numbers of Christian Bibles translated into the vernacular.  One consequence was the eruption of sectarian violence that moved from principality to principality to became the wars of the Reformation.  We could also blame printing for fiat money, counterfeiting, textbooks written by propagandists and tabloid journalism.  Yet we have survived.

    Posted by John Hickman on Sep 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM