Posts Tagged ‘Clay Shirky’

Clay Shirky on Twitter+Iran

Useful Q&A at the Ted Blog with NYU professor Clay Shirky on the role of Twitter and social media in the disputed Iran election. There’s lots of good stuff here about a new medium inventing itself in real time. My favorite is the McLuhanesque commentary about how media get more emotional as they speed up.
Whether or not we are using Twitter or some other social app a few years hence, it seems clear to me that we’ve crossed a threshold where the household penetration of fast internet, personal computers, smartphones, and web-based social apps is sufficient that huge numbers of people can organize themselves in real time in response to real world events much, much faster than traditional media, much faster than mainstream journalism, and even faster than government censors or national security. Continue Reading