Clay Shirky- Why Would We Think Social Media is Revolutionary

It's taken me awhile but I'm just getting around to blogging about SXSW.

One of the many keynotes was Clay Shirky who talked about the characteristics of technology that makes it revolutionary and how it can be linked to political revolutions. He spoke of the Dictator's Dilemma- when dictators shut down internet and communications it inevitably leads to more attention to exactly what they want to keep quiet. The most important thing the internet does according to Shirky is allow amateurs access to the public sphere. It allows easy access to others to form groups. Governments are not afraid of educated individuals, but rather synchronized groups.

The audio to his talk is posted here SXSW Shirky

And see a Prezi summarizing the talk below:

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