Our leaders have given everyone enough rights to shut us up.
Women can vote, but they can’t get equal pay. African Americans can be served along with whites. We can watch two men kissing on national television, but they can’t marry.
All of these things have happened while retaining that last bit of superiority. Women, gays, and blacks are almost equal right? When things are almost equal, only the most passionate people on the fringe care. And those people are quickly deemed radicals.
That’s why Malcolm Gladwell’s piece in The New Yorker is spot on in terms of the internet sparking real social change. “Weak ties seldom lead to high-risk activism." No matter how much Twitter we have, the vast majority of us are happy enough.