Monday, August 8, 2011

Riots in London - Organized via BBM?

Over the past couple of days, the Riots in London have been headlining news. It seemed that the riots were the results of another innocent man being shot by the London police department, but it also seems that initial reaction was a conclusion that we had incorrectly jumped to. The initial riots began shortly after a group organized via Blackberry Messenger was instructed to report to the location of a peaceful protest, and start creating trouble. This is not an isolated incident, as people have been reporting via twitter that they are using BBM as a meetup and crowd control device to guide rioters away from police and organize new meeting spots.

I guess the question becomes, has our technology outgrown our humanity? Or is technology the next frontier of the social rebellion like we're seeing all over the Middle East?


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