Tuesday, March 22, 2011
6th Talk: Kathleen Griffin - Texts, Tweets, and Transnational Technologies - The Role of Social Networking and Citizen Journalism in International Crisis
The sixth TEDxNCSU talk is Kathleen Griffin on Texts, Tweets, and Transnational Technologies - The Role of Social Networking and Citizen Journalism in International Crisis. Kathleen is a senior in international studies here at State.
Technology can empower citizen journalists and social revolution. She joked about possible conflict with Chase and Erick, but assures us that they'd be facebook friends. We are doing word association. I think old people are supposed to think non-tech things when they hear text, tweet, viral and/or myspace.
She mentions cell phone subscription, texts, and tweeting stats and trends. Social networking allows flash mobs, green revolution, and day of revolt.
She is now going into how she became interesting in social networking and change. She was inspired by video clip of a woman beaten to death during the green revolution in Iran.
She then studied social networking for public health in China during the SARS outbreak in China in 2003. Social networking was also used for witnessing breaking emergencies (e.g., 2004 tsunami, Haitian earthquake, Japanese earthquake and tsunami).
They can also be used for social activism. Her first example is the 2009 protests in Iran and then moves to Japan. People who never used social networking turned to Twitter for updates from the country.
So, what's next? More of the same apparently. The talk was interesting, but kind of just rehashed well known occurrences. It would have been good to broaden or extrapolate things.