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____It is widely debated whether young adults are especially poised to lead a rebellion because of their increased understanding and use of technology. Although scholars cannot agree on this question, most of today's rebellions to involved both of these aspects: youth and technology.  For instance, the rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico is perceived by many to have increased democracy as the frustrated young rebels made their opinions and stories public by posting them on the Internet and utilizing cellular phones.  The current conflict in Egypt and the Middle East is similar in that young people are organizing through the use of technologies such as social networking sites, blogs, and cellular phone communication.  On the other hand, there have been many cases in the past in which technology was not used at all.  As Doctorow references, the Free Speech Movement involved only one of these characteristics.  The rebellion was lead by college students, but seen as it occurred in the 1960’s the use of technology was not prevalent.  Throughout Little Brother, Doctorow typically portrays the use of technology as the only way to organize and achieve democracy, but also accepts that some older generations can be involved in and help the revolution as well. The teenage protagonist, Marcus, exemplifies this by bringing justice to the government by posting his opinions on the Internet and generating a following of more young adults through means of technology. I agree with Doctorow that in most modern cases rebellions are started and led by young people and their popularity is spread through technology.  However, there is no denying other scholars and studies that rebellions can be very successful in older generations and without the use of any technology or social networking, as seen in previous rebellions.

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