07/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Revolution Will Be Interrupted - An Interview With Wyclef Jean at the #140 Conference


The social media sphere is a place of constant interruption. Therefore it's no surprise then that many of the 2.0 related conferences we attended this week in NYC were structured around the theme of disruption (the Wired Business Conference actually put the word 'disruptive' in the title). At Jeff Pulver's 140 Characters Conference panelists could hardly get a word in edgewise due to overwhelming "engagement," the audience/panelist interaction becoming a flesh-based version of the Twitter platform itself.

Ironically, the Twitter service was disrupted on Wednesday, synchronous with the US government's decision to implore Twitter to not shut down during the Iranian election protests. Pro-Mousavi protesters had been using Twitter to communicate and elicit a groundswell of support, while many debated that the support was not as large as the online multipliers and proliferation of hashtags would suggest (even "Internet hate machine" Anonymous put up a website rallying support).

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