Friday, November 4, 2011

CSPAN Video 22: Clay Shirky on the New Media's Role in Politics and the Public Sphere

In this C-SPAN video, Clay Shirky, Assistant Teacher at New York University, talks about the new media--specifically, social networking websites--and its role in political affairs.  Shirky contends that social media is a "net gain for democracy" as it is a tool that helps to "strengthen the public sphere" by keeping people informed and connected.  Shirky discusses how social media can function as a revolutionary force.  His analysis is interesting and has implications for the political establishment in America.  It is a video clip worthy of a view.

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