Ethan Zuckerman on the connected world

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June 11, 2013 · 1 comment

Are we as globalized and interconnected as we think we are? Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media and author of the new book, Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, argues that America was likely more globalized before World War I than it is today. Zuckerman discusses how we’re more focused on what’s going on in our own backyards; how this affects creativity; the role the Internet plays in making us less connected with the rest of the world; and, how we can broaden our information universe to consume a more healthy “media diet.”

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  • http://chadkohalyk.com/ Chad Kohalyk

    Ethan,

    What did you make of Clay Johnson’s argument for a more “locally sourced” information diet?

    http://www.informationdiet.com/

    His argument is nearly head on to yours: forget reading national/international news — the most important items will get to you. Focus on local news, news that you can affect as an individual.

    Have you done any network analysis to see how many nodes in a network of friends count as “cosmopolitan”? Maybe it isn’t up to the individual to be so, but important that a small-world network contain a cosmopolitan perspective? Liquid democracy purports to work on a similar contruct.