Digital Media Revolution

The recent turbulence in Iran has provided “proof of concept” of the power of new media in the world. As a recent Economist article explains, internet-based media such as Twitter and the Huffington Post have proved much more willing and capable of covering the happenings in Iran than traditional media such as CNN and BBC. As one post exclaimed, “Iran went to hell. Media went to bed.”

This is an extraordinary moment for internet-based media. It has highlighted the power of user-based platforms and the need for trusted intermediaries such as well-known blogs to synthesize huge amounts of information. The way we experience news may change dramatically over the coming years.

This may also, and perhaps more importantly, mark an opportunity for many social and environmental movements that are often shunned by the traditional media sources such as climate change. New media sources are imperfectly democratic and populist by design, suggesting that perhaps social movements can push new items into the international spotlight. This, of course, will depend on the movement’s ability to mobilize people and these new media sources—something that is in the experimental stage. Here the environmental movement may have a competitive advantage. Sites like JustMeans show that the movement is technologically saavy and the more this power is harnessed, the brighter the future may be.

Lets get blogging!