Atlantic writers Andrew Sullivan, James Fallows, and Jeffrey Goldberg discuss the ways new social networking technology, like Twitter, enabled massive and fast organization of protests in Iran following the results of the recent election.
Mark Whitaker moderates the discussion.
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.
Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent of The Atlantic. Before joining the magazine in 2007, he was Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine. He has also written for the Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post. His book Prisoners has been hailed as one of the best books of 2006. Goldberg is the recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist, an Overseas Press Club award for best human rights reporting, and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005’s Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.
Andrew Sullivan is a senior editor and blogger at The Atlantic. His blog, The Daily Dish, is found on TheAtlantic.com. Sullivan was formerly the editor of The New Republic and was named Editor of the Year by Adweek. In his latest book, The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back (HarperCollins, 2006), Sullivan argues for a conservatism based on practical restraint, individual freedom, constitutional norms, and skepticism. His landmark book, Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality (Knopf, 1995), was the first to advocate civil-marriage rights for gay couples. Sullivan is a regular panelist on The Chris Matthews Show and Real Time with Bill Maher and appears on many other programs including Charlie Rose and Meet The Press.
Mark Whitaker is Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News.
He oversees all Washington-based reporting and production for NBC and MSNBC, has executive responsibility for "Meet the Press" and supervises the network's election and political coverage, in addition to appearing as an on-air analyst.
In politics, fundamental, rapid, and often irreversible change in the established order. Revolution involves a radical change in government, usually accomplished through violence, that may also result in changes to the economic system, social structure, and cultural values. The ancient Greeks viewed revolution as the undesirable result of societal breakdown; a strong value system, firmly adhered to, was thought to protect against it. During the Middle Ages, much attention was given to finding means of combating revolution and stifling societal change. With the advent of Renaissance humanism, there arose the belief that radical changes of government are sometimes necessary and good, and the idea of revolution took on more positive connotations. John Milton regarded it as a means of achieving freedom, Immanuel Kant believed it was a force for the advancement of mankind, and G.W.F. Hegel held it to be the fulfillment of human destiny. Hegel's philosophy in turn influenced Karl Marx. See alsocoup d'état.