The author analyzes many cases that small media has amplified the social movements from Islamic revolution to Arab spring. By comparing the cases in different ages, the author says that connection with the world has not been increased that much despite of enormous development of media technology.
Compared to the time when people struggled to get the fact, the media technology has been developed enormously. Now, all kinds of informations are wandering around the Internet, all we have to do is just grasping those news. We can identify with all sadness in the world. But we don’t do that. Instead, we spend most of our times to check the things we are already familiar with. It seems that we are doing only what we want to do instead of what we might need to do. Blame on us.
However, bunch of important things are happening in this world, what should we get among them? What should we type in google to connect to the world? One-sided media such as TV is better than the Internet in this point of view, even though the author is skeptical about TV because it does not contribute much to the world-connection. TV is for people who don’t even know what they want, evening news talks about the war across the world even if I don’t want to listen to. On the other hand, the Internet is for people who already know what they want. All the hyperlinks do not show their contents until I click on them, search results are not shown until I type right search term.
For better connection with the world, the news need to be specified. Local people who know the context of the news should convert unheard mystery into concrete news. Then, it should be translated, explained, remixed, given all shots to make it attractive to other people. Global Voice is the author’s endeavor to do it. This site is great, but I wish this would be more appealing.
I found the ted speaking by the author, fun and worth watching : http://www.ted.com/talks/ethan_zuckerman.html