RSA Animate – The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

Does the internet actually inhibit, not encourage democracy? In this new RSA Animate adapted from a talk given in 2009, Evgeny Morozov presents an alternative take on ‘cyber-utopianism’ – the seductive idea that the internet plays a largely emancipatory role in global politics . . . Exposing some idealistic myths about freedom and technology (during Iran’s ‘twitter revolution’ fewer than 20,000 Twitter users actually took part), Evgeny argues for some realism about the actual uses and abuses of the internet [Description from YouTube]

The video is 11 minutes long. Like most RSA Animate videos, it does a nice job taking critical perspectives and, with the animation, illustrates them in ways (most) undergraduates should be able to make sense of.

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