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David





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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:41 am    Post subject: Social media return power to the people Reply with quote

The truth is, for most of human history, the real elite the aristocrats, the Church, the dictators, the tribal chiefs held on to power because most of their followers were illiterate. That, and also because there were no mass media to rile up the masses.

It's no coincidence that, as many historians have observed, democratic revolutions were concurrent with the invention and spread of the printing press. That gave way to pamphlets and newspapers as well as the books that were published during the Age of Reason.

The turn of the 20th century was the golden age of newspapering when, unlike in today's media- concentrated world, all sort of points of view were represented in the dailies hawked in the streets.

Opinion flourished. Voter turnout, aided by women's suffrage, soared.

Then came the broadcast media, so-called because they reached millions at once in a one-way stream of information, entertainment and advertising.

By the time the Baby Boom's babies were born, audiences were fragmented by cable and apparent choice, while the corporate media aimed lower and lower with their programming in order to get higher ratings and revenues.

As the late cultural critic Neil Postman predicted in his landmark book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, we raised generations of passive consumers on infotainment. Politics turned into blood sport programming, with little coverage of what really mattered.

And so here we are, with millions of our youth cynical and uninterested, and with a minority government treating citizens with contempt.

Except for one thing: social media. Whereas we were once isolated in our living rooms in front of the unblinking eye of authority, we are now connected via Facebook and Twitter. There we are galvanizing the apathetic and getting organized.

The paradigm has shifted and it's moving at 3G-speed.

Power will return to the people.

It's going to be a very interesting year.

http://www.thestar.com/living/.....the-people
Jack Neo





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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is going to be an enjoyable election.

I should add that this blog will become very entertaining once it is all over.

Heil Harper!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zerbias is smoking crack.
Hasdrubal





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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Blue wrote:
Zerbias is smoking crack.

Correct sentiment, wrong party, wrong philosophy, & the wrong leader to place blame. If anything Harper though not my favorite leader has done more for this country then our most recent leaders. If the Liberals get back into power the cry for returning to the power to the people will end for Liberals & the call for more power to the people will be voiced over threats of separatism & isolation by people of other political stripes. Therefore in conclusion it does not matter who's in power because all it does is cause one groups dissatisfaction to shift to another.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: Social media return power to the people Reply with quote

David wrote:


As the late cultural critic Neil Postman predicted in his landmark book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, we raised generations of passive consumers on infotainment. Politics turned into blood sport programming, with little coverage of what really mattered.

And so here we are, with millions of our youth cynical and uninterested, and with a minority government treating citizens with contempt.

Except for one thing: social media. Whereas we were once isolated in our living rooms in front of the unblinking eye of authority, we are now connected via Facebook and Twitter. There we are galvanizing the apathetic and getting organized.

The paradigm has shifted and it's moving at 3G-speed.

Power will return to the people.

It's going to be a very interesting year.



Very positive outlook. I'd love to share your optimism, but doubt it. For most people Facebook is nothing more than Farmville and they don't really know the ones they follow on twitter. Okay under certain circumstances like the elections in Iran Twitter can be a political tool. But most of the Times it's just for entertainment and a substitute for Television. Politics in the US have also become only interesting if they are transmitted by entertainers like Glenn Beck or Jon Stewart. As said, I'd wish to share your optimism but unfortunately can not.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MOst social media is run by progressives for progressives. It does nothing to empower me.
bsenka





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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:38 am    Post subject: Re: Social media return power to the people Reply with quote

crusoe wrote:
Very positive outlook. I'd love to share your optimism, but doubt it. For most people Facebook is nothing more than Farmville and they don't really know the ones they follow on twitter. Okay under certain circumstances like the elections in Iran Twitter can be a political tool. .


Even there, they got media attention, but changed nothing. The anti-prorogation facebook page was a big deal according to the media, but again, no change.

Social media politics is slacktivism. It's easy to send a tweet or click a "like" button, but you haven't actually DONE anything. It's the digital equivalent of bitching at the coffee shop. It's two steps back from physical protests, and light years separated from getting involved in the process rather than complaining about it.

I think that is a big difference between the left and the right in Canada right now. There probably are more lefties in Canada, but they lose the elections because the conservatives donate money, donate their time, show up to the EDA meetings, campaign for their local candidate, and most of all, actually VOTE.
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