Clay Shirky and the political power of social media

„Well, the arrival of social media doesn’t suddenly remove all previous forms of coordination. It’s an addition to the landscape, not a replacement for it. What social media does is it allows groups of people to know what other people are thinking in the country at a much wider scale, at much lower cost. That’s where the political change comes from. It’s the strengthening of the public sphere. And in the Foreign Affairs article I argue, particularly in our State Department, that there has been an over-emphasis on individual access to information. But, in fact, the governments in the world are not afraid of individuals getting to new information. What they’re really afraid of is synchronized groups. That’s where political change happens.“

Clay Shirky and the political power of social media: Transkipt eines aktuellen Radio-Interviews mit Caly Shirky zu den Unruhen in Nordafrika…