Twitter.com, as well as individuals, are promoting ways to do good through tweeting — these include crisis communication (as during the crises in Egypt and in Japan), fundraising, and building communities for support and innovation.
These uses within our current social structures do not fully mine the possibilities — as Ayn Rand pointed out about architecture in her seminal novel “The Fountainhead”, we must respond to new resources with new structures, new techniques and even new ways of decision-making — we must change.
“Roark: Shall I tell you what’s wrong with it?
Dean: It’s the Parthenon!
Roark: Yes, God damn it, the Parthenon!… Look… the famous flutings on the famous columns – what are they there for?
To hide the joints in wood – when columns were made of wood, only these aren’t, they’re marble.
The triglyphs, what are they? Wood. Wooden beams, the way they had to be laid when people began to build wooden shacks.
Your Greeks took marble and they made copies of their wooden structures out of it, because others had done it that way.
Then your masters of the Renaissance came along and made copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood.
Now here we are, making copies in steel and concrete of copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies of wood.
Why?… The Parthenon did not serve the same purpose as its wooden ancestor. An airline terminal does not serve the same purpose as the Parthenon.
Every form has its own meaning.
Every man creates his meaning and form and goal.”
– Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
NOTE: Image is from this article about the maverick architect John Lautner.
How can we do it? How can we transform to use these new SMS tools to revolutionize the lot of humanity?