Thunderclap: the power (or death) of crowds

Am I an out of touch, grumpy luddite or is Thunderclap a potentially lethal synthesis between chain letters, email spam and Avaaz-style civic engagement (“Clicking a button shows I care.” Really?)

Crowd-sourcing – creating harmony between individual voices – is looking to be killed by technology before it reaches adolescence, let alone maturity.

It’s worth taking a twenty minute time-out to watch Jay Naidoo’s challenges to the Making All Voices Count event in Joburg earlier this month.

“No country in the world is run by Facebook or Twitter. Don’t fool yourself that social media is going to create the revolution of social values that we need. It’s actually going down to the people and explaining to them what their rights are, equipping them with the right tools and making sure they fight their own battles.”