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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 startJoin my co-author and the rest of the audience on twitterDiscuss the talk live
  • It’s agreeable, because you can hear all the people swarming beneath you, yet you are totally peaceful...” Simone de BeauvoirNot physical placeVirtual proximityReal interactionsthe users have appropriated virtual space in Twitter in similar way to the authors in the Cafe FloresPeople can overhear and participate in novel conversationsNew ideas from unconsidered sources
  • Twitter has become the medium of discourseTwitter is the place where breaking news occursjournalists hang out there for tipsTransformations of use mean media is being democratizedanti-Nestle campaign by GreenpeaceActivism via twitter draws traditional media attentionHudson River plane crash where iPhone & Twitter trumped traditional mediaTruly breaking newsTwitter has immediacyTwitter’s power lies in the power of network amplificationOne person’s observations of their environment Amplified by their social networkThen the networks of those networksInteresting things float to the surface of the “collective minds” of twitter
  • The shanghai earthquake reported via twitter within minutesThe old model is no longer validMedia used to “mediate” between events and peopleEditors would decide “newsworthy” topicsEvents sized to fit within print or broadcast lengthsNew modelEveryone can be a journalistNo barrier to entryJournalism happens as a side-effect of network amplificationnews organizations have embraced Twitter as part of their communications arsenalVirtual proximity to people of their choice empowers twitter usersNon-localized proximity:users are watching TV and communicating on Twitter about the programs in realtimecreating non-localized proximity a virtual proximity rather than a geographical proximity
  • With Twitter the importance of physical proximity is reducedusers to build networks of affiliation that are wider than Facebook Twitter reduces the power barrier between individualsMembers of congress are tweeting real-time to their consitutients from the floor of the houseit creates a platform for open social discourse that bridges physical and power distanceThese loose ties afforded by Twitter ensure individuals can access broader networks separate to those afforded by physical proximityThe asynchronous nature of Twitter based interactions facilitates the development of weak ties Aware of larger aspects of the worldBroader 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.

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

  • #c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity
    By Kate Carruthers & Brian Ballsun-Stanton
    #ICCIT_10 - #c3t
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    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
  • 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
  • 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
    Source: genevalunch.com
    Dec 2010
    B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers
    4
  • 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
  • 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
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    Dec 2010
    B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers
    Source: JJ Halans
  • 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
  • Contact the authors
    Brian Ballsun-Stanton
    Twitter: @DenubisX
    brian@ballsun.com
    Kate Carruthers
    Twitter: @kcarruthers
    kate@katecarruthers.com
    Dec 2010
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    B. Ballsun-Stanton & K. Carruthers