February 6, 2013

Can Social Media Solve Real-World Problems?

Morozov & Johnson, The New Republic


In the current issue of The New Republic, Evgeny Morozov offers a critical take on Steven Johnson's Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, lamenting the “quasi-religion” of “Internet-centrism.” In his response below, Johnson says his book "actually goes out of its way to avoid that kind of naive techno-determinism." And Morozov, in a rebuttal, concludes that "Johnson doesn't understand the substance of my critique."

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TAGGED: Facebook, Twitter, social media


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Egypt's 'Twitter Revolution': A Western Myth
Charles Trew, Al-Ahram
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