ANT100Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Online Dating Service, Baidu, Arab Spring

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How Communications Technology Changes Culture and Society
Communication, media, technology, culture
Communications technology and politics
Communications technology and personal life
Communications technology, global and local
Marshall McLuhan, UofT prof
“Global village
“Medium is the message”
o Regardless of content, new medium (channel, technology of communication) will
change the way we live
Communications Technology and Politics
Social media: Facebook, etc.
Twitter: great role in popular organization and revolution
o Iran 2009-1020
o “Arab spring” 2010
o Tunisia, Egypt, Lybia, Yemen, (Bahrein, Syria)
Social Media: 2-edged sword?
Evgeny Morozov
Influence of social media exaggerated
Authorities use social media too (not only protesters)
Authoritarian regimes and internet/social media
1. Repression
China: banned Google
Iran: attempt to restrict internet to within Iran
Cuba: limited internet services
2. Participation
China: Baidu encouraged and “50 centers
Different countries: misinformation on internet: character assassination
August 2012: fake websites claimed rebels got chemical weapons from Lybia
Fake sites put up by government
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