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How many microtasks does it take to change the world?

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Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell managed to set the cat among the tweeters recently. Writing in the New Yorker he argues that ‘new tools of social media’ are powerless as a force for activism or social change.

The (strong) ties that bind

Real, high risk, sustained activism is only possible, says Gladwell, when the activists are connected by strong ties. He takes …


Is that a hard drive in your pocket?

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There are many subjects you should avoid on a first date. Along with “diseases I have had” and financial problems that mean you won’t be able to pay for dinner, it’s better not to brag about how big your hard drive is. Yet, for those of us who were young and interested in computers in the 1980s – when a 20MB hard disk was more desirable than Demi Moore – this …

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New media and the British election: Don’t stand too close to the bleeding edge

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When I think of what defines a person as cool, a number of attributes spring to mind. At school the cool kids possessed an elusive quality that was hard to pinpoint. Looking back, it was actually something quite obvious like an upcoming birthday party you wanted to be invited to. Or the latest brand of footwear.

Out of the playground things have changed, but not much. …

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