Roger Cohen, New York Times, June 25, 2013
Small spark, large conflagration; disoriented leader, leaderless movement; vertical rigid state power, flat nimble protests; harsh authority, impish youth; force of the state, flexibility of Facebook; police crackdowns, agile regroupings; conspiracy charges, humorous ripostes. Fidel Castro spent years in the Sierra Maestra preparing his revolution. Twitter has dispensed with that… Or has it? A core issue with these social-media driven movements is, in the words of Zeynep Tufekci, an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, “How do you get from a ‘No’ to a ‘Go?”’ … In other words the eruptions whose shared slogan might be “Enough is enough!” are good at protest and resistance but much less good at defining objectives — whether political, social or economic — and organizing to attain them. They thrill in the negative. They tend to fizzle in the affirmative.
Or… Why we need a coherent, credible despite its complexity alternative, macro-plan for our future.