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Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media Paperback – May 8, 2012
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"Anyone who cares about the impact of the digital information revolution on democracy and culture can't afford to miss FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS AND THE FUTURE -- a story that moves as swiftly as the dizzying pace of change itself. Rory O'Connor combines journalistic integrity with a passionate belief in the power of ordinary people to change the world. Depending on your stake in the outcome, you will find this book inspiring, scary, or perhaps a bit of both." -- Andrew Heyward, Former President of CBS News
"This book is a comprehensive, up-to-date, and fair-minded survey of how social media are conveying -- and perhaps transforming -- what we want to know." -- Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education and author, most recently, of Truth, Beauty and Goodness Reframed
"Before Rory O’Connor writes, he researches, ask questions, and asks them again before calling the the insiders who are the targets of his inquiry. He is persistent, even relentless, as a hard-charging reporter which is why his blogs, columns and this new book 'Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, And Killing Traditional Media' (City Lights, 2012) leaves you questioning your own assumptions and often superficial take on the issue at hand. Personally, he is a refugee from old media and as a multi-media man (films, books, blogs, websites, etc) , an early adopter to the new. But he didn’t stop there: he is a practitioner who wants to know where all this is headed and how the digital innovators and entrepreneurs think about what they do. This is a book in the know with ideas that we will all need to know as we navigate our personal and collective futures." -- Danny Schechter News Dissector.com
"With laser-like accuracy Rory O'Connor spotlights the key challenges and opportunities in the world of news and information, where technology has upended the old rules of how media is created and consumed. O'Connor's wise, savvy 'Friends, Followers and the Future' is an essential examination of how social media is transforming the lives of individuals and society at large. Read it and share it." -- J. Max Robins, Vice President/Executive Director,
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"...O’Connor has put together a trustworthy introduction to the current state of play."--Boston Globe
"If Glenn Beck keeps a J. Edgar Hoover-esque blacklist under his bed pillow, journalist Rory O’Connor is probably on it, appearing before Nancy Pelosi and George Soros. O’Connor turns a skeptical yet pragmatic eye to the likes of Facebook. He examines how such online networks empower citizens to create counternarratives to bullsh*t punditry, political spin, and corporate PR, while warning of the dystopian echo chamber they could realize, where every citizen becomes a bullsh*tting pundit, partisan hack, or corporate flak." --SF Weekly
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Rory O'Connor is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker whose work centers on the nexus of media and politics. For more than twenty years Rory has engaged the public with stories from Asia, Africa and the Americas told in print, film, television and radio broadcasts and via the Internet. Co-founder and president of the international media firm Globalvision, Inc, and Board Chair of The Global Center, an affiliated non-profit foundation, Rory's films and television programs have aired on PBS, BBC, NHK, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, and numerous other leading international broadcast networks. His broadcast, film and print work has been honored with a George Polk Award, a Writer's Guild Award, a George Orwell Award and two Emmys, among many awards. The author of three books, including "Nukespeak: The Selling of Nuclear Technology from the Manhattan Project to Fukushima" (Sierra Club Books, Second Edition, 2011), "Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio" (AlterNet Books, 2008), and, most recently, "Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media" (City Lights, 2012), he is also blogs for the Huffington Post, AlterNet, Salon and other prominent Internet news sites and posts regularly at his own "Media Is A Plural' blog, accessible at www.roryoconnor.org.
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One of the things that separates this book from so many prognostications and starry eyed speculations about the vast changes wrought by the new technologies, is the stunning depth and breadth of Mr. O'Connor's research. In the course of two or three years he has managed to interview what seems to be the majority of major CEO's and other high ranking officers at Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, et al, not to mention those at ABC, NBC, CBS and other major legacy operators, plus the major writers and commentators in the field besides, and often more than once.Read more ›
Choosing this book, I had wanted to learn more about the ways in which social media and politics intersect which affects the youth, specifically, the youth vote. As a communication major, I have previously studied the affect of Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign pioneered the internet as a major political tool, as well as the powerful effect of youth-catered political programming, such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, has on voting choices and perceived media legitimacy. I have been developing an interest in how millennials process political news because I feel that in this ever-changing media landscape, it’s more important than ever for my generation to be informed—especially when every political candidate is clamoring for our vote. Although Friends, Followers and the Future didn’t spend much time delving into the aspects of my generation’s takeaway of the social media age, it did provide a more holistic viewpoint on how social media affects the country’s media and political climate for all age groups, with postulations on how it might continue affect the future.Read more ›
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Rory O'Connor, savvy veteran of all media (and, disclosure: my colleague long ago) has written a simple book about finding your bearings in this time of rapid media change. Yes, there are still facts and thoughtful opinions out there. Yes there are still people searching for truth and a chance of predicting the consequences. What is in between is/are media, and this book gives you the tools to pick up the new tools.
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This books starts out so strong. There are some amazing examples of how social media has actually changed the world and how it has helped to even change political climates. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Mike G.
While I am still working on the book, it is obvious that this is a poorly researched book. To make things worse, the author is trying to sell more copies while mud-slinging Google... Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Sanjay