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Clay Shirky: How Social Networking and the Internet can make History

This clip from the ever impressive TED talks is very apt especially as news from Iran streams to the world.

Clay shows how Social Networks and the Internet (Facebook, Twitter and SMS) help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censorship.

The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

Clay Shirky is a prescient voice on the Internet’s effects and argues that emerging technologies enabling loose collaboration will change the way our society works!

I think he has a point and we are witnessing a sea change!

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.

About Clay Shirky

Shirky, a prescient voice on the Internet’s effects, argues that emerging technologies enabling loose collaboration will change the way our society works.

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