Media Worlds Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Education - Computers Type: Essay Paper: #59385442 Related Topics: Media, World Affairs, News Media, Brave New World
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Shirky's piece is about the potential for media to change the course of government and politics across the world. He writes of ways that specifically the technology of social media has the power and/or potential for political activism and social change. The 21st century has seen an increase in the frequency and the efficiency of grassroots activism and social movements around the world, due in great part because of the Internet and social media. In fact, the drastic increase in this kind of activity began in the late 20th century:

Since the rise of the Internet in the early 1990s, the world's networked population has grown from the low millions to the low billions. Over the same period, social media have become a fact of life for civil society worldwide, involving many actors -- regular citizens,


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Shirky informs readers of both the liberative power as well as the destructive potential for media in global politics. With the combinations of social media, mass media, journalism, and digital technology, people are urged to act, but to act with responsibility. Established governments should be aware of the potential for the power to wane because of new methods of activism via social media. All social and political activism is not meant to be a threat to governmental authority, yet their concerns and accomplishments should be taken into serious consideration. Social media has the power to level the playing field between the people and the government.

Morozov, too, is concerned with the potential for social media as a powerful factor in enacting social and political change. While he discusses social media in general, Morozov uses examples where FaceBook is a prominent factor for enabling change to occur on a national scale, citing examples in Europe. He specifically calls upon the generation(s) of Digital Natives to use social media to unify under just and common causes as well as to mobilize their grievances. He goes on to provide examples of the ways Digital…

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Castells, M. (2009). Communication Power. Oxford University Press. Pp. 299-432.

Morozov, E. (2011). Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. Public Affairs: New York. Pp. 1- 32, 179-204.

Shirky, C. (2011). The Political Power of Social Media. Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb2011, 90(1), 28-41.

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