Material Detail

How social media can make history

How social media can make history

In this talk at the State Department, Clay Shirky reviews the history of communication technology revolutions. He argues that since the Internet is becoming ubiquitous and taken for granted, it is revolutionary. He feels the Internet is good for both conversation and broadcast and that it will become the carrier for all media. He also notes that users can both consume and produce content -- talking to broadcasters and more important, to each other. As always, Shirky illustrates his talk with compelling examples ranging from African election monitoring to coverage of the earthquake in Sichuan Province, China and President Obama's use of the Web
Rate

Quality

More about this material

Comments

Log in to participate in the discussions or sign up if you are not already a MERLOT member.
Nicole Davis
Nicole Davis (Faculty)
6 years ago

This is a great video for a marketing, communications or social media class. The points made by the speaker are clear and consice, and hard to argue. Personally, I like video because it gives my students someone else's perspective than my own.  The examples are great - and great teaching moments.

Technical Remarks:

Viewers will need a good internet access to view the streaming video.

Time spent reviewing site: 20