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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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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 ›
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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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Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media by Rory O’Connor is an informative yet snappy book... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Philippa Boyes
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