Can new media avert genocide?


I came across this interesting talk titled ‘How the Net aids dictatorships’ by Evgeny Morozov from Former Soviet Republic of Belarus, while going through the daily dose of vodcasts and thought of sharing it because we as a developing nation has to have an clear idea where all these technical advancements will lead our society amidst the heated arguments about human rights, media freedom and censorship. While we all think of web 2.0 and new media as a tool for empowering the societies and widen citizen’s view points, do they really take people out of repression and pave the way to a democratic nation?

He tells that giving them more connectivity and devices doesn’t mean democracy will eventually follow. Rather than fuelling cyber-activism, technologies like internet, television and other media are shifting the youth to cyber-hedonism. Some cool imageries, comparisons and wordings. Most importantly the insight he gives us in the end, its all about empowering the intellectuals,dissidents and members of the civil society, not about the number of ipods,cellphones or laptops per head…

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