Authority is a concept we discuss frequently here in The Unquiet Library. Check out this interview and video from TED Talks with Clay Shirky, who discusses how social media is changing the way news is reported and how social media is becoming a medium for authoritative information!
NYU professor Clay Shirky gave a fantastic talk on new media during our TED@State event earlier this month. He revealed how cellphones, the web, Facebook and Twitter had changed the rules of the game, allowing ordinary citizens extraordinary new powers to impact real-world events. As protests in Iran exploded over the weekend, we decided to rush out his talk, because it could hardly be more relevant. I caught up with Clay this afternoon to get his take on the significance of what is happening. HIs excitement was palpable.