Gladwell has an eloquent way of saying that the big movements of the past have worked, in a way, better than the movements of today. In the past, we were forced to communicate with our mouths or body language rather than a simple email with no human emotion or interaction attached to it. This made the revolutions of the past more effective in getting their messages across.
Chiang, in the end, believed that technology helped others connect with one another using him, as an example in the story with his daughter. Chiang’s side of the argument showed how technology could help correct relationships leading to a better and fuller lifestyle.
Gladwell makes a good stance toward showing that technology leads to a less human interaction-filled world. To the extent where people will join groups or associations and have no clue whatsoever to what they just joined. During the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans were so in tune, so passionate about what they were trying to change and all of this was done without the use of social media technology like Facebook and Twitter. They joined huge organizations like NAACP and knew what they were enlisting themselves to do. Today’s society is the opposite. They have massive joins into groups and have no idea what they are joining. For example, the well-known ice bucket challenge has absolutely taken over the Facebook posts. The idea of the ice bucket challenge is wonderful and for a great cause but do the people who face the challenge even known what it is for? Many people don’t know that this challenge is for the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. They do the challenge just for the fun or for the “likes” on Facebook. Gladwell opens another side of the technology and communication argument and shows that social technology doesn’t absolutely mean for the better.