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Is the social web a network of ‘weak ties’?

26 Oct

 

Gladwell: "The revolution will not be tweeted"

Please bear in mind this question when you read this blog:

Do you know of anyone who has put themselves in harm’s way or risked their financial wellbeing or done anything that is personally very draining or onerous as a result of a call to action on the social web?

I ask because Malcolm Gladwell, the big-brained, frizzy-haired columnist for New Yorker magazine, has just argued that “The revolution will not be tweeted”. Continue reading

John Prescott, a waggish philanthropist or a chippy tub of lard?

22 Aug

Maligned or malignant? Lord Prescott

There are two curious and distinct images of Lord (John) Prescott, our former deputy Prime Minster.

First, the waggish but self-effacing campaigner, sports fan, proud husband, digital champion and philanthropist.

And then there’s this:

“…a chimp, a pustulating boil of resentment and class hatred, a chippy, thin-skinned puffed up laughing stock, an ocean-going tub of lard, groaning with arrogance, ego, hypocrisy, and inferiority, he’s an inadequate, inarticulate embarrassment, a disgrace to Britain at home and abroad.”

The latter comes courtesy of that moderate sophist, that unimpeachable speaker of truth and only the truth, the Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn. The former is, well, Prescott’s view – or at least the impression you get of him from his tweets.

So it’s easy to see why Prezza is cynical about the traditional media and why he described Twitter in yesterday’s Guardian as his ‘revelation’. For Prescott, the social web shows “the real me, not the distorted view peddled by the media”.

Prescott is not alone in the believing that truth is the winner now that the media is in the hands of the people, now that our ideas have a potential audience of most of the world, now that our utterances do not have to be mediated by the evil press and broadcast barons and their sadistic servants. Continue reading

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