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The Third Wave, The Fourth Screen, The Fifth Power, And Beyond

links for 2009-06-08

  • "In our research on civic groups that form spontaneously in the face of adversity, we have seen how people become — often against their will — interpellated into activities like fact-finding, document digging, attending public hearings, and public story telling, activities that overlap with many of the those practiced by investigative or beat journalists. We met one software engineer who was working to protect his suburb from corporate development and pollution; he was genuinely upset because he had been written up in a local paper with the caption "activist" under his photo. He told us, "I'm not an activist, I'm a software engineer!" Unwilling or not, in many cases these activists are the ones following an issue and documenting it for the public record." Christopher Csikszentmihályi on information and activism.
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