Clay Shirky: How social media can make history

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible — with deep social and political implications.

To watch the video see more about Clay Shirky click here

A more serious look and use of online social media but I think its really important to see how social media can truly effect our lives and the choices we make. I am also a huge fan of Ted Talks and I would recommend watching more if not all their shows; they a sort

Also on Ted Talks there was another video that caught my eye about Co-founder of Twitter Evan Williams  reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.

This is the link to go to the Twitter Ted Talk video

Both videos are sponsored by Ted Talks and the speakers are Clay Shirky and Evan Williams respectively

Post by Kevin Mclaughlin


2 thoughts on “Clay Shirky: How social media can make history

  1. Ted Talks are great, I first heard of them through my cousins on facebook – they’re a seemingly endless resource of information. The way that information spreads through media digitally now is very interesting, and Shirky does a good job explaining it. I like how he mentions how old media would go to everyone regardless of their interests and how now people choose what information they consume. People follow certain media outlets and pick topics relevant to them. Also, the differences he points out that people can now participate in the news, and communicate actively with others about it, is significant to the changes going on with media. “The earthquake was reported as it was happening”, so crazy.

    Post by Jordan Moore

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