In the spring of 2011, it was difficult to navigate the blogosphere without bumping into a post about the social media supplemented revolution spreading throughout the Middle East. Was social media really helping the cause? Would these revolutions have happened without social media? Would they have been as effective?
Regardless of how the bloggers answered all of those questions, one thing was pretty clear. There was palpable excitement in the air. Holy smokes – people – young people – were breaking through decades and/or centuries of programming and saying, “Nope, this isn’t cool.”
On the other hand, as we flash forward to September 2011, hardly anyone is blogging about the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is now spreading all across the nation. A few people have posted a picture of the “We are the 99%” statement, but that’s been it. And I’ve really looked. Beyond Huffington Post, there isn’t a whole lot going on in the blogging world about this massive social movment.
You would think this would be a golden child for people who have been proclaiming that social media is in fact behind these big movements. You would think that the folks who talk about the millennial generation would be all over this. You’d think business bloggers would be all over this.
Where are the posts?
Is it too early to write about what is going on? Do we have to know the ending before we write about it? I am just entirely perplexed. Maybe you can help me out.
image by Robert Linder. http://www.sxc.hu/profile/linder6580