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Friends, Followers, and the Future

How Social Media Are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, And Killing Traditional Media

By Rory O'Connor, 1951-

"Rory O'Connor is one of the smartest media guys around. He knows who's spinning, who's pandering, and who's putting money in his own pocket at the expense of logic, reason, and the public good."—Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair media critic

There’s a revolution going on, as ever-accelerating developments in digital information technologies change nearly every aspect of how we live, work, play, do business, and engage in politics. Share and share alike—the numbers say it all as billions of people worldwide flock to online media and use social networks to discover and spread news and information.

In the process, ever-growing networks of “ordinary people” are using these powerful new tools to trim the influence long held by Big Business, Big Government, and Big Media. No longer just passive recipients, participants in social networks now regularly make and break news while organizing civic and political actions that bypass censors, outpace traditional media, attract massive audiences, and influence the rise and fall of brands, industries, politicians, and even governments.

In this insider’s look at how social media are transforming our world, Rory O’Connor explains the trends and explores what tech visionaries, media makers, political advisers, and businesspeople are saying about the meteoric rise of the various social networks of friends and followers, and what they bode for our future.

Rory O’Connor, co-founder of MediaChannel.org, is the author of Shock Jocks: Hate Speech & Talk Radio. He has won two Emmys and a George Orwell Award, among many other honors.


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Format: Book
Author: O'Connor, Rory, 1951-
Title: Friends, followers, and the future : how social media are changing politics, threatening big brands, and killing traditional media / Rory O'Connor.
Publisher Date: San Francisco : City Lights Books, c2012.
Subject: Social media Social media -- Political aspects. Social media -- Economic aspects
Isbn: 9780872865563
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System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 302.3 O'C
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Format: Book
Author: O'Connor, Rory, 1951-
Title: Friends, followers, and the future : how social media are changing politics, threatening big brands, and killing traditional media / Rory O'Connor.
Publisher, Date: San Francisco : City Lights Books, c2012.
Description: 285 p. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Social media
Subjects: Social media -- Political aspects.
Subjects: Social media -- Economic aspects
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: The rise of social media -- Brands, cesspools, and credibility -- Can brands be trusted? -- The Facebook decade: F8=Fate? -- The death of privacy -- The YouTube effect : 48 hours every minute -- Twitter : news no longer breaks, it tweets -- Google loses its buzz -- The new breed of media researchers -- Public displays of connection -- Politics 2.0 -- The daily me vs. the daily we -- The state of the media & the death of brands -- Politics 3.0.
LCCN: 2012005506
ISBN: 9780872865563
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 302.3 O'C