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#c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity
#c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity
#c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity
#c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity
#c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity
#c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity
#c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity
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#c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity

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On Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity. Paper presented by Brian Ballsum-Stanton (@DenubisX) at the ICCIT_10 Conference in Seoul South Korea

On Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity. Paper presented by Brian Ballsum-Stanton (@DenubisX) at the ICCIT_10 Conference in Seoul South Korea

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  • Remember, ask questions live and discuss over twitter
  • Before we start
    Join my co-author and the rest of the audience on twitter
    Discuss the talk live
  • It’s agreeable, because you can hear all the people swarming beneath you, yet you are totally peaceful...” Simone de Beauvoir
    Not physical place
    Virtual proximity
    Real interactions
    the users have appropriated virtual space in Twitter in similar way to the authors in the Cafe Flores
    People can overhear and participate in novel conversations
    New ideas from unconsidered sources
  • Twitter has become the medium of discourse
    Twitter is the place where breaking news occurs
    journalists hang out there for tips
    Transformations of use mean media is being democratized
    anti-Nestle campaign by Greenpeace
    Activism via twitter draws traditional media attention
    Hudson River plane crash where iPhone & Twitter trumped traditional media
    Truly breaking news
    Twitter has immediacy
    Twitter’s power lies in the power of network amplification
    One person’s observations of their environment
    Amplified by their social network
    Then the networks of those networks
    Interesting things float to the surface of the “collective minds” of twitter
  • The shanghai earthquake reported via twitter within minutes
    The old model is no longer valid
    Media used to “mediate” between events and people
    Editors would decide “newsworthy” topics
    Events sized to fit within print or broadcast lengths
    New model
    Everyone can be a journalist
    No barrier to entry
    Journalism happens as a side-effect of network amplification
    news organizations have embraced Twitter as part of their communications arsenal
    Virtual proximity to people of their choice empowers twitter users
    Non-localized proximity:
    users are watching TV and communicating on Twitter about the programs in realtime
    creating non-localized proximity
    a virtual proximity rather than a geographical proximity
  • With Twitter the importance of physical proximity is reduced
    users to build networks of affiliation that are wider than Facebook
    Twitter reduces the power barrier between individuals
    Members of congress are tweeting real-time to their consitutients from the floor of the house
    it creates a platform for open social discourse that bridges physical and power distance
    These loose ties afforded by Twitter ensure individuals can access broader networks separate to those afforded by physical proximity
    The asynchronous nature of Twitter based interactions
    facilitates the development of weak ties
    Aware of larger aspects of the world
    Broader networks of affiliation enabled by these factors
  • Twitter and the non-localized proximity it offers is a good exemplar of potential future directions for the web.
    Twitter will be eclipsed by the ‘next big thing’
    But as a means for democratized communication, publication and distribution it offers an excellent case study.
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    • 1. #c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity By Kate Carruthers & Brian Ballsun-Stanton #ICCIT_10 - #c3t
    • 2. t Before we start … Discuss this talk right now on twitter! Use #c3t as the hashtag. Dec 2010 B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers 2 Source: Marcus Angerhier @ aperto.de
    • 3. Source: Wiki Commons Twitter: the modern Left Bank? “It is agreeable, because you can hear all the people swarming beneath you, yet you are totally peaceful…” Simone de Beauvoir • The modern Left Bank is not a physical place • We find similar feelings of connectedness with Twitter Dec 2010 B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers 3
    • 4. Source: genevalunch.com Democratization of Media • Twitter has become the medium of discourse – The place where breaking news occurs – The place for immediate reflection on media • Transformations of use mean media is being democratized • Twitter’s power lies in the power of network amplification Dec 2010 B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers 4
    • 5. Disintermediation of Media • Tweeting the Shanghai earthquake 2008 – Twitter reports the news in minutes – Mainstream media catches up hours later • Media following tweets to see “what’s happening” • Listening to the latest from your neighbours – Proximity without geography Dec 2010 B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers 5 Source: Wiki Commons
    • 6. Source: JJ Halans The Village • Importance of physical proximity reduced • Enables users to build networks of affiliation wider than a closed network • Reduces power distance between individuals • Creates a platform for open social discourse that bridges physical and power distance 6Dec 2010 B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers
    • 7. Conclusion Dec 2010 B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers 7 • Twitter and the non-localized proximity it offers is a good exemplar of potential future directions for the web. • Twitter will be eclipsed by the ‘next big thing’ • But as a means for democratized communication, publication and distribution it offers an excellent case study. Source: Riku @ f.ollow.me
    • 8. Contact the authors Brian Ballsun-Stanton Twitter: @DenubisX brian@ballsun.com Kate Carruthers Twitter: @kcarruthers kate@katecarruthers.com Dec 2010 8B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers

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