The various demonstrations and protests in the Middle East in early 2011 have been credited to Twitter and Facebook and other Social Media sites. The services allow people to quickly and easily disseminate short bursts of information to their network of friends. So it’s the modern equivalent of those 1970’s Fabrerge commercials – where you tell two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on and so on and so on. U.S. politicians use the same sites to generate interest in their events. Not sure if there’s an event for something you’re interest in? Check out MeetUp.org.
Censorship – whether it’s banning a book or limiting communication opportunities – rankles American sensibilities. Well, it used to anyway.
Each year the American Library Association publishes a list of books that have been banned. Yes, books are regularly banned in the United States.
In San Francisco this week officials went one step further: Bay Area Rapid Transit officials shut down cell phone service to several stations that were reported to be targeted by protesters.