“…this is it. The big one.”

June 17th, 2009
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NYU Professor Clay Shirky (via email from Diane Tucker):

“I’m always a little reticent to draw lessons from things still unfolding, but it seems pretty clear that … this is it. The big one. This is the first revolution that has been catapulted onto a global stage and transformed by social media. I’ve been thinking a lot about the Chicago demonstrations of 1968 where they chanted ‘the whole world is watching.’ Really, that wasn’t true then. But this time it’s true … and people throughout the world are not only listening but responding. They’re engaging with individual participants, they’re passing on their messages to their friends, and they’re even providing detailed instructions to enable web proxies allowing Internet access that the authorities can’t immediately censor. That kind of participation is really extraordinary.

Traditional media operates as source of information not as a means of coordination. It can’t do more than make us sympathize. Twitter makes us empathize. It makes us part of it. Even if it’s just retweeting, you’re aiding the goal that dissidents have always sought: the awareness that the ouside world is paying attention.

From Nico Pitney in The Huffington Post.

2 Comments

2 comments

  1. It started for me during the Mumbai attack in November 2008. The Iran election, to me, validates social networking as an instrument of connection, information, and instant communication.

    A shift in individuals receiving news; from witness > edit > report to witness > report > filter. We may no longer require the Network reporters/editors to edit for us. A whole new literacy is required.

  2. Well put.

    And as important the transformation in Iran is now, I can’t help looking at your statement:

    “A shift in individuals receiving news; from witness > edit > report to witness > report > filter. We may no longer require the Network reporters/editors to edit for us. A whole new literacy is required.”

    …and wondering to what extent this can be translated to learning:

    “A shift in individuals receiving learning; from author > edit > publish to author > publish > filter. We may no longer require the publisher authors/editors to produce learning content for us. A whole new literacy is required.”

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