Michael Riordon

the view from where I live

“Is the Internet good or bad? Yes.”

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So says Turkish social media analyst Zeynep Tufekci in the online magazine Matter.

Riot Police Enter Taksim Square in Istanbul, clashesPhoto: Nurphoto

“It’s time to rethink our nightmares about surveillance.”

Writing from Istanbul’s huge Gezi Park protests, and from his investigations in social media, Tufekci looks provocatively at the paradox of Twitter as a medium for connection and resistance, but also a powerful tool for state-corporate surveillance and control.

A good read, with stunning black & white images, here: https://medium.com/matter/76d9913c6011.

More on surveillance and social media in Pesky Facts: unspun science for dangerous times, coming from Between the Lines, autumn 2014.

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

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