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