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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

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

  1. 1. #c3t An Agreeable Swarm: Twitter, the Democratization of Media & Non-localized Proximity By Kate Carruthers & Brian Ballsun-Stanton #ICCIT_10 - #c3t
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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