Clay Shirky And Evgeny Morozov On The Topic Of The Arab Spring

Pollock. John Street Book 2011

Cyber Utopians  taking charge of  community support is one positive aspect to this breakthrough in communication. The fact that propaganda is not fueled by a profit margin avoids  The Institutional Dilemma the media is limited by, and has abused in the past.  Online communities, and contributors of the  Social Revolution are inspired either by being directly affected by the events or having some concern for political events; thus, eventually creating an outlet for the emotions and concerns and even generating peace such as in the creation of The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action.

Information is distributed by the “Social Cable” with in minutes of the event taking place leading to more factual evidence, photos, and recordings of live events with in minutes. Given that governments have had a history of not only procrastination of informing the public of    catastrophic events as displayed in the Epilogue. Governments  apparently  have even gone as far as to block internet blogs due to content is a perfect example of just how powerful the Social Media is when exercising human rights, and giving power,and security back to the people of these grief stricken communities.

Shirkey. Clay Small World Network  And Social change.

Small world networking consist of the same structure of Power of Law distribution, where the network is held together by the few very active users yet everyone is making a small contribution in some aspect. The smaller world networks members are connected by homophily establishing a stronger connection. Small World Networks are more active because they have less people communicating in a tight knit group whereas larger communities are not as closely connected, and less active. Small World networks that then turn into larger networks become very efficient; due to the formula of the Birthday Paradox Math suggesting there will be several smaller networks within the larger network communicating . The smaller world networks consist of homophily communities connecting all group members, where all group members are connected by similar interest.

Morozov. Evgeny. Facebook And Twitter Are Just Places Revolutionaries Go

Clay Shirky say’s there are four times in history that Media has seen a revolution being the printing press, the telephone,  movies,  radio and tv, and finally the internet. Native groups and conversation at the same time, and this is Clay Shirky’s idea of a revolution. Although, Evgeny Morozov believes that the digital media is a tool used by revolutionaries and not a random act brought forth by communication over social networking. He also points out the use of some form of technology being use in revolutions with examples dating as far back as “1917”.  Evgeny Morozov seems to look at the use of networking through social networks like myspace, and facebook as a fad that society will soon lose interest in and move on to the next technology; additionally that it is a possible ploy to excuse  the mindless surfing of the web by the average social network user . As Clay Shirky seems to see the same social networks as an important evolution of communication that continues to evolve rather than just a fad.

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