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Clay Shirky on TED

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While not precisely about user-generated advertising, this video of NYU professor Clay Shirky’s recent talk at TED@state is essential viewing for anyone interested (as we assume you all are) in how the social media boom is changing the world.

Clay Shirky

Titled “How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history,” Shirky’s talk addresses, “… how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.”

Sounds pretty awesome, right?

TED Blog also recently posted this transcript of an interview with Shirky in which he talks specifically about the way Twitter is facilitating the recent protests in Iran. You can check out Shirky’s site here.

If you haven’t heard of it, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual conference that “… brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).”

A huge number of these talks can now be viewed on TED’s site. If we weren’t so committed to bringing the user-generated advertising revolution to fruition, we’d probably just stay home all day watching TED videos and thinking about the future.

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