Ted talks are a way of learning about innovative ideas that the pioneers in a field are discussing.
Ted Talks are a smart way to talk about the media and the way we all communicate. There is a playlist on Ted.com called our digital lives. This playlist talks about people and how they are more focused on the things we put up online rather than the social interaction we should have as people. The TED talk I’ve chosen is about blogs, online media and people given a voice without getting paid. The internet we are on, and the internet we have become attached to is making us decentralised. As a journalism student i know that this is true, many journalists work as freelancers. This means, they are not getting paid to report, blog or even tweet news. James Surowiecki being a freelance journalist himself knows that social media is an essential part for online journalism but can also be a massive disadvantage as there is a higher chance of fake stories.
One of the best parts of the talk, and the part that i connected with the most was the quote below:
One of the fundamental characteristics of a network is that, once you are linked in the network, the network starts to shape your views and starts to shape your interactions with everybody else.
In a networking society, there is a lack of individualism. When everybody is going one way, we as humans are inclined to do the same.