My love for TED Talks has brought me to summarize many talks over the years; but I will begin with this one...
...Yes, this (talk) is mainly the era of blogs and YouTube.
Dated from Feb 2005, James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news -- and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy.
So, I think the first thing that the blogosphere tells us is...to expand our idea of what counts as rational...to expand our simple equation of value equals money...but that in fact you can end up with collectively really brilliant products without any money at all changing hands.
One of the things that happens if you spend a lot of time on...and...thinking about the Internet...it is very easy to fall in love with the Internet...the decentralized, bottom-up structure...to think that networks are necessarily good things -- that being linked from one place to another...tightly...is a very good thing. And much of the time it is. But there's also a downside to this -- a kind of dark side, in fact -- and that is that the more tightly linked we've become to each other, the harder it is for each of us to remain independent.