Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Luther’s church door as a social media app
Historian and technologist discuss the election:
Historian: Luther began it. He was annoyed at the demands of the Catholic church for funds from the poor people to build a church when the church had plenty of money of its own. So he nailed his “95 theses” to the church door at Wittenburg in protest.
Technologist: And that set off the Reformation. I see a parallel. People protesting using texting in the Philippines against Estrada, the people sending messages in protest in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Power to the people.
Historian: Maybe that church door in Wittenburg was the first social media app.
Power to the politicians too. In the recent U.S. election, the Democrats used a social media app, Narwhal, to encourage people to vote for them. The Republicans used a similar app, Orca, for the same reason. Narwhal was successful enough, Orca crashed. Did social media swing the election result?