Chapter 9, Epilogue and the Articles

Chapter 9 on Clay Shirkys view on the change of social relationships due to social media.
While reading Chapter 9, Shirky is telling us that social media is a new way for us to meet new people and how we can connect with our old and new friends from across the globe. Shirky uses the “friend of friend” example, and how people can have more in common, due to having one friend in common. He used Myspace as an example, on how one big news could spread from that and others can be informed. People can comment and add their own personal feelings, which will show whether other people agree with you or not.  Social media helps us connect with others all over the world. One news from a different country can spread to us, so even if you’re across oceans, you can keep in touch. In the Epilogue,  Shirkys example is the China’s 2008 earthquake. While reading that, normal people started talking about it on all social media websites, this spread the news faster than expected and helped the support organizations in China. Shirky is showing social media isn’t as bad as people say it is, it can benefit many causes and help enlighten the world. Shirkys main argument is that social media might distort our minds in some way, but it can contribute to the better.

Arab Spring Article:
These articles are quite relative to Shirky in a less flamboyant manner. Arab springs show how social media can influence others and affect their lives permanently. People are given the freedom to post whatever they wish, they have their own freedom of speech on the internet. For example, you can comment whatever you want. Whether it is negative or positive to the post. Now with this privilege, there are down turns.  Many Governments were affected by this, and now secrets have been leaked. From these articles, I have realized what is going on in the Eastern Hemisphere and also how these news can enlighten me. The main point is to let the public know what is going on and nothing should take them by surprise. Reading about the Arab public creating a revolution called Takriz, left me in wonder. This helped these countries overthrow their tyranny in complete secrecy. Their use of Non-Violence also helped greatly.

Morozov’s Argument:

Morozov isn’t supportive of Social Media as Shirky might be. To me, he seems very traditional and thinks Social Media is too edited to be believed. He wants you to be there, and have a first hand experience. Shirky doesn’t think that, he thinks Social Media delivers the news precisely without any dangers. Morozov thinks people who read the news on Social Media don’t understand what exactly is going on and tend to believe it without any genuine proof. Shirky seems to be more anti-violence as opposed to Morozov, who doesn’t mind going in a quarantine zone. Morozov thinks that people shouldn’t hide behind their keyboards and should go out and be supportive.

Article I have found:

This article talks about what is happening in the Middle East and their fight for a more powerful sovereignty. Syria is mentioned along with it’s causalities. Egypt started a trend for these uprisings, which boosts the other Arab Nations confidence.


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