You think that social media is about hooking up online? For these kids [in the Tunisian Revolution], it was a military tool to defend unarmed people from murderers.

Don Tapscott

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“Four Principles for the Open World.” TEDGlobal 2012. Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Four Principles for the Open World." TEDGlobal 2012. Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by futurist Don Tapscott is from Tapscott's 2012 TED Talk about the youth's relationship with technology and how this new relationship is creating a more "open" world. The quote means that while many people criticize social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, as merely being a tool for people to meet sexual partners, social media actually serves vital purposes, including saving innocent lives in the midst of oppressive political regimes. Watch the full TED Talk here: Don Tapscott - Four Principles for the Open World