1. There were alternate means of quick communication in the 1700s: word of mouth and street-level oratory were still reliable means of news-gathering and dissemination. Pretty fast, too.

  2. Well said. And I hadn’t seen Gladwell’s original before you linked to it, but I’m kind of disgusted with him over it, because the mobilization gap that you mention affects not only the ability of antagonists to strategize against each other, but also to communicate the situation to other parties. Would Obama have said yesterday to Mubarak that transition needs to begin now if not for the amplified voices of the Egyptian crowds? I’d like to hope so, but I think not.

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