Readings for March 20

Before Spring Break, we talked about the prospects and challenges of the Internet – the website I mentioned (Global Voices) can now be found on the Resource page. Keeping with this theme, today’s discussion focuses on how social media is changing how we think about news and the global community.


NY Times, Social Media Help Keep the Door Open to Sustained Dissent in Saudi Arabia

James Surowiecki, When Social Media Became the News (TED, 2008)

Clay Shirky, How Social Media Can Make History (TED, 2009)


For those interested in this topic, here are a few additional resources:

Alisa Miller Shares the News about the News (TED, 2008)

Paul Lewis, Crowdsourcing the News (TED, 2011)

Ford Foundation’s website, Advancing Media Rights and Access

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