Day of the Smart Mobs

They toppled a President, terrorized beauty queens, and now have their sights on stopping a war

If you want to understand the future of political protests--or any other grass-roots group activity, for that matter--consider Eli Pariser, 22. The New Yorker was barely old enough to hold candles at his parents' vigils during the Gulf War. Now he's the international coordinator of an antiwar movement that has four paid staff members and no office but wields enough power to set a major metropolis on high alert. Using nothing more than e-mail and instant messages, Pariser can ask an army of 750,000 protesters to take to the streets whenever he chooses--although the dates are decided by...

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