The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens? Tuesday August 30, 2011

I know a few of you are curious as to why we’re living in DC/Arlington.

I’ve touched upon it in a few posts older post and I’ve hinted at it through my interaction on various Social Media networks. But the main impetus is that, my wife is doing her finishing up her Masters through the SCAR program at George Mason University.

Her work is really focusing on the effect (or is affect) of Social Media in Conflict Areas. It touches upon Cyber-activism, Cyber-slacktivism and what it all really means for the new global society. It’s a really new and fast pacing topic and one that is going to be incredibly important in the near future. Because of which, she’s been able to quietly make a name for herself in the area and is doing some incredible work with a few organizations. It also means that we have quietly become a bit of tech super duo, as some people have dubbed us. She’s the academic with the brains and I’m the guy who builds the shitty blog to help spread the word.

Anywho… I swear there is a post in here somewhere. One of the most difficult things about my wife’s chosen field of study is explaining it to academics and most casual observers. But this little YouTube video, from RSA’s depiction of Evgeny Morozov’s 2009 talk on the Cyber-Utopia is a great introduction for anyone interested in the topic. It also helps that it’s a fantastic little animation piece.

So if you’re ever interested in why we’re down here. Now you know.

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