Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media Are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media
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Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media Are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media

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"Rory O'Connor is one of the smartest media guys around. He knows who's spinning, who's pandering, and who's putting money in his own pocket at the expense of logic, reason, and the public good."--Michael Wolff, "Vanity Fair "media critic

There's a revolution going on, as ever-accelerating developments in digital information technologies change nearly every aspect of how we...more
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Published May 8th 2012 by City Lights Books (first published April 10th 2012)
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"Rory O'Connor describes these pitfalls and highlights the importance of knowing what they are and why you should avoid them. He said that it is harder than ever to determine fact from fiction and truth from spin in all forms of media. He also emphasised that while the amount of information currently available can be empowering, it can also be potentially disruptive and present its own set of challenges to journalists and society as a whole."
—Russel Layres

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Joshunda Sanders
It probably took me forever to finish this book, ironically, because like most people on earth (1 out of every 9 adults on the planet) O'Connor reports accurately that I spend about 15 hours a month using social media. That's in comparison with most of us who spend between 10 and 15 minutes a day at a traditional or legacy media site. The statistical data is sobering for a former newspaper journalist but exciting as an early adopter who loves the potential of social media. The question at the he...more
It was okay. I don't think I really learned anything new, but I feel like people who are not incredibly involved with social media could learn a thing or two from this book. It was interesting, but towards the end I was just ready for it to be over.
I couldn't finish this book. It was ridiculously repetitive, there were too many instances of a lack of critical thinking, and there were too many typographical and printing errors.
Paola Bersi
It is ok. I would say 3 interesting thoughts, overall. Quite repetitive on the privacy issue and I think there could a bit more critical thinking.

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Rory O'Connor is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker whose work centers on the nexus of media and politics. For more than twenty years Rory has engaged the public with stories from Asia, Africa and the Americas told in print, film, television and radio broadcasts and via the Internet. Co-founder and president of the international media firm Globalvision, Inc, and Board Chair of The G...more
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