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Clay Shirky | Why Would We Think Social Media Is Revolutionary?

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Vince Marotte

on 6 November 2011

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Transcript of Clay Shirky | Why Would We Think Social Media Is Revolutionary?

"Abundant media can subvert the forms that dominated the landscape when they benefit from scarcity"

"Critics say print is a political medium and Net isn't. Not true. Erotic novels sprang up quickly after press invented"

"first printed erotica came 150 years before the first printed science journal"

"Social Media allows amateurs access to the public sphere"

"Just because they're not talking politics online doesn't mean they won't show up in Tahrir square when it matters"

"...It allows the easy formation of groups"

"governments are not afraid of educated people; they are afraid of organized groups"

"governments are not afraid of educated people; they are afraid of organized groups"

"Access to each other is more important than access to information"

"power is in decentralised group synchronisation"

"Documentation is the thing to fight over. Not just getting information, but getting it out."

"Gaddhafi shut down soccer games because he was afraid of the stadium, a place for people to get together and sync views"

Sudan set up protest, arrested everyone who showed up. It worked because nobody knew each other, unlike Egypt Content + Action = failure in translation
Content + Relationship + Content + Action = Win!
Twitter, Facebook now = Rock and Roll in the 60s. "in the future you will not be able to be a part of the global economy out every worker having a phone in their pocket" Governments aren't scared of informed individuals. They're scared of coordinated groups Within 5 years, you will not be able to be part of the modern economy without all citizens owning a mobile, most with a camera Dictator's dilemma: they need web tools to make economy take off, but tools are the undoing of regimes It's about the long game! Pay attention to the culture in question
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