Media in the hands of citizens can rattle regimes. It makes it much harder for rulers to maintain legitimacy by controlling the public sphere. But activists, who have made such effective use of technology to rally supporters, still need to figure out how to convert that energy into greater impact. The point isn’t just to challenge power; it’s to change it.
Zeynep Tufekci, After the Protests

Americans whisper the word “Alzheimer’s” because their government whispers the word “Alzheimer’s.” And although a whisper is better than the silence that the Alzheimer’s community has been facing for decades, it’s still not enough. It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs. I dream of a day when my charity is no longer necessary and I can go back to being the lazy, self-involved manchild I was meant to be.

Seth Rogen delivered some terrific (and, at times, funny) testimony today at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing called “Taking a Toll on Families and the Economy: The Rising Cost of Alzheimer’s in America”

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Tweeting is kind of an act of resistance and defiance, a way of shouting to the sometimes disinterested world that you’re stubborn, proud, and not giving in as everywhere else is turned into a clone of everywhere else.

@herdyshepherd1, The Atlantic. Why This Shepherd Loves Twitter.

A lovely piece about global connectivity from an anonymous British sheep herder.

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