90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Where Twitter Is Taking Us

The age of Twitter, and where the quick, quick digital impulse goes next. Clay Shirky and Andy Carvin join us.

Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". (eldh/Flickr)

Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". (eldh/Flickr)

People laughed when Twitter hit the digital scene. A social network of 140-character micro-blogs. Little tiny bursts of text. What you had for lunch. How great you’re feeling this morning. How hot Jenny is. What would we really do with that? Well, some still laugh.

But Hosni Mubarak’s not laughing. Twitter helped fill Tahrir Square in Cairo, and the dictator is out. Bank of America’s not laughing. They moved to hike fees. Twitter pushed back. Fees gone. 100 million users tweet about great ribs – and revolution.

This hour On Point: Clay Shirky, Andy Carvin and where Twitter takes us.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Clay Shirky, Assistant Arts Professor in the New Media focused graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University.

Andy Carvin,  Senior Strategist at NPR’s Social Media Desk.

From Tom’s Reading List

Wired.com “Now that 2011 is coming to a close, it’s worth looking back at an intellectual argument that played out just as the year was beginning — back before we saw the spread of the Arab Spring, the UK riots, the Occupy movement, and so much else.”


Danger Room
“In the early days of the Libya war, U.S. commanders were adamant that they didn’t communicate with the Libyan rebels about what targets to bomb. As it turns out, they don’t need to. They’ve got Twitter.

Business Insider “Along with Charles River Ventures and about a dozen other individuals, one of Glass’s earliest investors in Odeo was a former Google employee named Evan Williams. Williams was more involved with Odeo than most investors are with startups in their portfolios, and eventually, Odeo moved from Noah’s apartment to Williams’s. Williams, who had recently sold a company called Blogger to Google, had just bought a nice house and wanted to put his old apartment to good use.”

Video: Shirkey On Technology And Press Freedom

In this video, NYU professor Clay Shirky delivers a compelling lecture on the intersection of technology, the press, and democracy as part of the 25th anniversary of Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 23, 2014
Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP)

The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We’ll lay out the global economy now.

Oct 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 22, 2014
Authors Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl WuDunn attend the premiere of "Meena" at the AMC Loews Theater on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York.

Author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says regular folks like us can change the world. He explains how. Plus: we remember the late, great Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee.

 
Oct 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

More »
1 Comment
 
Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

More »
Comment