Recently, preparing for my exam on Media and Politics, i came across an amazing and really inspiring book “The Net Delusion” by a Bielorussian journalist and a researcher Evgeny Morozov.
Morozov, being extremely well-informed, argues that, amid protests in the Arab and Russian worlds, internet only strengthens the Authoritarian regime and Dictatorship of some countries. I especially loved his idea that internet does not bring up more and more activists nowadays, but rather “slacktivist” or i would call such people “clicktivist” or “liketivist” who believe that just by clicking a button “Like” on Facebook “Save the children in Africa” or “Help to combat the poverty” etc., they automatically become activists. What a delusion….
For all the pessimists and optimists of social networks like Twitter or Facebook, I do strongly recommend to read this informative and lively book!
Have a look also at his talk on TED’s conference.