The internet: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

by Therese Sjödin on October 24, 2013

in Activism,Social Movements

Our fellow students in the other group focusing on social media, Making Sense of Social Media , put up this video yesterday that I would like to share here as well as it connects to several points we have discussed.

Evgeny Morozov explains that the argument that embraces technology, summed up, says that if you have enough connectivity devices, democracy is inevitable. He also brought up a new concept to me, Ipod liberalism, which means that people who have ipods or other western technology are believed to likely support western values. Consequently, there is an argument that for example Russians will become more democratic as they used these devices. This is similar to Sorj & Guedes argument that a person’s social network is critical for the use of ICTs and new media since you share values (2005:31).

But Morozov argues that this disregards political, cultural, and sociaological forces and that we confuse intended uses of technology with the actual uses. He concludes that if you want to understand the actual net impact of technology on society you have to look much broader, which is exactly what we are trying to do here!

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Peppi-Emilia Airike October 31, 2013 at 3:11 am

An excellent video, and it really brings out many different aspects of social media. I also think that social media is too often claimed to be a panacea for all sorts of problems, but it is so true, that we should and must think about the negative consequences as well, and the net impact of social media…

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