Ruminations and assorted findings from the team at Thunderclap.itSignal vs. NoiseTumblr (3.0; @thndrit)http://blog.thunderclap.it/"There is a power that can be created out of pent-up indignation, courage, and the inspiration of a..."““There is a power that can be created out of pent-up indignation, courage, and the inspiration of a common cause, and that if enough people put their minds and bodies into that cause, they can win. It is a phenomenon recorded again and again in the history of popular movements against injustice all over the world.””<br/><br/> - <em>Howard Zinn, <em>You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times</em></em>http://blog.thunderclap.it/post/25590253702http://blog.thunderclap.it/post/25590253702Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:09:27 -0400Origins<p>Today, India and China abandon or kill more girls than are actually born in the US. Its called <a href="http://www.itsagirlmovie.com/">Gendercide</a> and its very real.<br/><br/>I find it hard to believe this type of atrocity can occur in modern society. It’s utterly appalling. <br/>…and yet, I don’t speak out.<br/><br/>How exactly would I speak out and if I did?<br/>Would it actually make a difference? <br/><br/>During the SOPA/PIPA debate, thousands of people rallied on social media to show their disapproval of a controversial bill. The activity surrounding it was all very public and you couldn’t help but notice all the chatter. <br/><br/>People posted on facebook and twitter, added a <a href="http://www.blackoutsopa.org/">STOP SOPA</a> banner to their profile picture, and some even aimed a <a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/12/reverse-robocall-campaign-lets-citizens-phone-blast-sopa-supporters/">Robo Calling</a> cannon at Congress, tying up their phone lines with messages to stop SOPA. <br/><br/>It was a punk rock moment for the internet as people took action, together.<br/><br/>I’m not an activist type of guy and yet I  found myself jumping on this bandwagon, sent some tweets and even changed my profile picture. And yet for most issues. I do nothing.<br/><br/>Thunderclap was born out of the idea that people are more likely to speak out when they stand together. <br/><br/><strong>And through crowdspeaking, they will be heard.</strong></p> <p>Dave Cascino / <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/davidcascino" title="Follow me on Twitter" target="_blank">@davidcascino</a></p>http://blog.thunderclap.it/post/25455364230http://blog.thunderclap.it/post/25455364230Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:51:00 -0400