If you haven’t heard about Occupy [insert name of city], then you really haven’t had access to any media at all.

Yesterday morning, Occupy Oakland protesters were ordered to disperse. Later in the day, they reconvened and were met by riot-gear-clad police with tear gas canisters.

The response on the mayor’s Facebook page makes me wonder: what would the history books say now if the Bonus Army had had access to social media?

(Note: I am a former history book editor, and therefore I feel that I have some credibility when I say that the answer is more complicated than it may look at first glance–which is also worth considering as we evaluate current events and the impact of technology on communication.)

Photo by Theodor Horydczak, via Library of Congress (gift of Norma and Francis Reeves, 1973)