Defining contemporary society

Best words I’ve seen in a very long time that paint a compelling picture of what anyone with an opinion has the potential to do today:

“We have gone from a world split between gatekeepers and media “consumers” to a world in which anyone regardless of geography, finances, social class, race, gender, or any other demographic identifier is free to engage with the rest of the world on their own terms.”

Written by WordPress founder +Matt Mullenweg in a post explaining why blacked out on Jan 18 to protest SOPA/PIPA.

Btw, I’ve been part of Matt’s vision to democratize publishing since 2002 starting with Blogger, moving to TypePad in 2004 and then to WordPress in 2006. Just saying ;)

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BBC Viewpoint on Blackout

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Mary

    In sociology we saw this trend coming but had no idea how well it would develop. Now everyone can see it on the internet and in regular daily lives. It’s pretty much amazing and I guess the better has yet to come.

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