Thoughts about Clay Shirky video

October 11, 2009 at 8:33 am 1 comment

I watched the video from Clay Shirky (How social media can make history) and I found some aspects very interesting. The new characteristic of the user of the media nowadays absolutely changed the way that the media companies see the user. Today the media companies not only want to send information to the user but, most of all, they want to receive feedback from the users.

Clay Shirky uses good examples of the use of Internet in different social events from the election in Nigeria to the earthquake in China. He says that now the media is becoming increasingly social and that every time a new costumer joins this technology a new producer joins this technology. That’s very important in this point because the easy acess of this kind of technology definitely helped this increase of feedback from the customers. Today I can read some information on Internet and easily send my feedback to the author. And there’s one aspect even more important: I can send more information about the subject. The gather of information is a lot more complex nowadays with the use of internet.

Shirks uses the example of the earthquake in China. His source says that the twitter had the information about the earthquake 7 minutes before the US Government. This show that even the high technological and rich US Government can be faster that the power of gathering information everywhere from the social media network.  More than gather information, the use of those new technologies helped the victims of the earthquake because less than 24 hours after the disasters several donation websites were online. A big and quick help.


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  • 1. michelle  |  October 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    That’s a very interesting video. It’s amazing how internet can have that much influence in our social life. Thanks for that video


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