Can social media make more democracy for everybody?

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Can social media make more democracy for everybody?

  1. 1. Can Social Media Make More Democracy For Everybody? Personal Democracy Forum | Barcelona 2010 Lene Pettersen
  2. 2. User participation with social collaboration tools follows the power law. 80% of content is created by 20% of participants
  3. 3. http://www.businessinsider.com/2009/1/who-the-hell-writes-wikipedia-anyway
  4. 4. “(…) while technically open, (…) potentially dominated by a small group of users” Alexandra S. Dunn in her masters thesis Locked out <Linked In> 2010 http://www.hf.uio.no/imk/forskning/aktuelt/arrangementer/andre/dunn.html
  5. 5. Tara Brabazon
  6. 6. “Web 2.0 increases the online opportunities and applications for those already online, while ignoring those still excluded from Web 1.0” Tara Brabazon http://www.popularculturecollective.com/revolutionwillnotbedownloaded
  7. 7. DISABLED ASSISTANCE SIGNS by Roughcollie ©
  8. 8. Just because social media is a democratic communication platform per se, it doesn’t come with a guarantee for either engaging or reaching all citizens Photo by Mark Huls © www.dreamstime.com/Farang_info
  9. 9. “The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect”
  10. 10. Picture made by Lene Pettersen
  11. 11. Thank you! lene.pettersen@bi.no

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