Clay Shirky: How Social Media can Make History

Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube and the list goes on! However if you have no idea what they are, then you have a lot of catching up to do. Social media has revolutionized the way we live, however is social media a good thing? Clay Shirky discusses social media and how it came about, plus the effects it has on our society.

First came the printing press, two-way communication, recorded media and finally radio and televion. The Internet however has revolutionized each of these media mediums, as every medium is right next-door to the next online. They have all migrated to the world-wide-web, however does that mean that we have lost sight/ability of deep thinking and normal communication? No, the Internet is just a tool that enables us to communicate and structure our thoughts for the world to see. We live in a society where information is fed/shared to us through these social networking sites. Look at Kony 2012 and the current events of Amanda Todd. Once a newspaper on your front door step would inform you of these unfortunate events, however they are now online. Clay Shirky discusses how the media environment is “global, social, ubiquitous and cheap. In a world of media where a formal audience are now increasing now full participants, in that world the media is less and less often about crafting a single message to be consumed by individuals. It is more and more often about creating an enviroment for convening and supporting groups.” This sums up the social media we have today rather nicely. How we have expanded on created this public sphere on our own opinions and messages to share with everyone.

A for the other forms of communications I don’t have much to say other then I do slightly fear for the print newspaper. However as an optimist I see online and print working in harmony in the future. Well that is a future I would like to see as social media may of given birth to citizen journalism, however there will be times where facts are wrong and people are mislead. Real journalism will never die out, as people want real facts, real editing and real stories.

Majority of these thoughts were risen from Clay Shirky’s informative video especially since I’m a huge fan of social media.I like to hear other peoples opinions  I hope that many would agree with me, that social media isn’t our enemy but a tool used to create conversation and spark thoughts.

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