Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media

Friends Followers and the Future How Social Media are Changing Politics Threatening Big Brands and Killing Traditional Media Rory O Connor is one of the smartest media guys around He knows who s spinning who s pandering and who s putting money in his own pocket at the expense of logic reason and the public good Michael

  • Title: Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media
  • Author: RoryO'Connor
  • ISBN: 9780872865563
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rory O Connor is one of the smartest media guys around He knows who s spinning, who s pandering, and who s putting money in his own pocket at the expense of logic, reason, and the public good Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair media critic This is a timely book about a vital subject How do we get information and is it reliable With a cold eye, author Rory O Connor shows ho Rory O Connor is one of the smartest media guys around He knows who s spinning, who s pandering, and who s putting money in his own pocket at the expense of logic, reason, and the public good Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair media critic This is a timely book about a vital subject How do we get information and is it reliable With a cold eye, author Rory O Connor shows how traditional journalism cheapened its value by sabotaging its trust, and how the digital revolution wonderfully democratizes information yet often removes the journalistic curator, creating noise, ME and less WE news If you want to understand the future of news, its opportunities and its pitfalls, read this book Ken Auletta, author and New Yorker media writerThere s a revolution going on, as ever accelerating developments in digital information technologies change nearly every aspect of how we live, work, play, do business, and engage in politics Share and share alike the numbers say it all as billions of people worldwide flock to online media and use social networks to discover and spread news and information.In the process, ever growing networks of ordinary people are using these powerful new tools to trim the influence long held by Big Business, Big Government, and Big Media No longer just passive recipients, participants in social networks now regularly make and break news while organizing civic and political actions that bypass censors, outpace traditional media, attract massive audiences, and influence the rise and fall of brands, industries, politicians, and even governments.In this insider s look at how social media are transforming our world, Rory O Connor explains the trends and explores what tech visionaries, media makers, political advisers, and businesspeople are saying about the meteoric rise of the various social networks of friends and followers, and what they bode for our future.Rory O Connor, co founder of MediaChannel, is the author of Shock Jocks Hate Speech Talk Radio He has won two Emmys and a George Orwell Award, among many other honors.

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    1. "Rory O'Connor describes these pitfalls and highlights the importance of knowing what they are and why you should avoid them. He said that it is harder than ever to determine fact from fiction and truth from spin in all forms of media. He also emphasised that while the amount of information currently available can be empowering, it can also be potentially disruptive and present its own set of challenges to journalists and society as a whole."—Russel Layres"If Glenn Beck keeps a J. Edgar Hoover [...]

    2. It probably took me forever to finish this book, ironically, because like most people on earth (1 out of every 9 adults on the planet) O'Connor reports accurately that I spend about 15 hours a month using social media. That's in comparison with most of us who spend between 10 and 15 minutes a day at a traditional or legacy media site. The statistical data is sobering for a former newspaper journalist but exciting as an early adopter who loves the potential of social media. The question at the he [...]

    3. Very interesting book. Mainly deals with the ability of the average person to analyze and trust the information they get from the internet. I was happy about the chapter that dealt with how social media and network theory collide, and enjoys the chapters that dealt with social media and activism. A recommended read for anyone with an academic interest in social media, technology, and journalism; for anyone else it is probably just too much information.

    4. It was okay. I don't think I really learned anything new, but I feel like people who are not incredibly involved with social media could learn a thing or two from this book. It was interesting, but towards the end I was just ready for it to be over.

    5. It is ok. I would say 3 interesting thoughts, overall. Quite repetitive on the privacy issue and I think there could a bit more critical thinking.

    6. I couldn't finish this book. It was ridiculously repetitive, there were too many instances of a lack of critical thinking, and there were too many typographical and printing errors.

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