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RSA Animate – The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

// Posted by on 02/28/2012 (9:40 PM)

This is a very interesting and brief RSA (Royal Society for the Arts) Animate which is adapted from a RSA talk given by Evgeny Morozov, a Belarusian writer and researcher who studies political and social implications of technology. The animate explores his take on the role of the internet in society and ultimately how the internet effects democracy. He recently (January 2011) published his first book: The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. I enjoyed this video because it provided a different perspective for looking at new media throughout the world.


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Kelsey said...

I wish his comment about Rwanda were true. Maybe the mess in Homs would have been stopped long ago.
On a lighter note this is not the first time we have heard the theory that the internet may be the means by which democracy becomes a global phenomena, Fred Turner makes this argument in his book From Counterculture to Cyberculture and ends with the statement that this is not something we’ve seen and the web needs to keep working if it ever hopes to achieve this. Meanwhile, the governments of the world are working hard to censor what their people are accessing and using.

// 02/29/2012 at 12:15 am