culture clash over new media

The new media lead to cultural tensions in institutions, whether with the Chinese government trying repeatedly to control communication online or the U.S. military struggling to find policies for soldiers using social media. images-2

The debate is fueled by the increasing number of grunts who use blogs and social media to communicate with friends, family and the world beyond their wire. But it comes, paradoxically, at a time when the Defense Department itself is increasingly using social media for official purposes, including public relations, recruiting and policymaking.

Predictably, hierarchical structures like the military don’t always comfortably accomodate the free-wheeling world of the internet, yet the front-line enlisted people have been an important channel of honest information and insight about the wars.

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