I am a big fan of the RSAnimate series which take audio from interesting talks and add complimentary animations to visually represent the speaker’s story.

This RSAnimate video was “adapted from a talk in 2009 where Evgeny Morozov presents an alternative take on ‘cyber-utopianism’ – the seductive idea that the internet plays a largely emancipatory role in global politics.”

Evgeny Morozov was mentioned in 3 out of 3 of our (graduate) readings as a skeptic of the power of social media to elicit social change but this video really helps to highlight his criticisms of the “naive belief  in the emancipatory nature of online communication” [Pollock, J. (2011). Streetbook – How Egyptian and Tunisian youth hacked the Arab Spring. Technology Review, (September/October). Retrieved from http://www.technologyreview.com/web/38379/%5D

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