a networked world

The news continues to bring examples of how the world has shifted with technology and interconnectivity (especially in today’s Times business section), establishing networks that bypass traditional institutions and force them to adapt.  The Obama campaign was skillful in establishing social networks, reducing direct dependence on the party organization and traditional media.  Josh Silver created a media sensation with his website, predicated on people wanting to interpret polls for themselves.  The wikipedia site was almost as fast as professional journalists in interpreting election results.  The recurring theme is transparency.

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