Friday, 3 December 2010

snow and student protests in the age of twitter

An interesting little phenomenon - in this week's UK snow lots of people have posted photos of the snow, including crowded buses, iced trains and snow bound freeways.

The same is happening with the recent UK student protests - not just informally organised via twitter and facebook but pictures posted and made available online giving the lie to any 'official' images of the evenments.

We of course saw a similar phenomenon after the rigged election in Iran, and while we have to be careful to guard against both the picture takers and gallery/collection assemblers selecting images that support a particular view, it is nevertheless an interesting phenomenon. Everyone has a phone, every phone has a camera.

Power may not have fallen into the streets, but control of information is certainly heading that way ...

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