Social media is becoming an increasingly powerful political tool. People are using Facebook to express their opinions on politics and to reach out to policymakers, says David Kirkpatrick, technology journalist and author of an upcoming book on Facebook, the most used social network by worldwide monthly active users.
According to Kirkpatrick there needs to be a change in attitude to realize that we have the ability, through social media, to create a global government. Facebook can empower citizens to form their own political parties.
“Governments are starting to realize that they don’t have any choice but to respond to what is happening in social media and on the internet.”
In Canada, the Facebook group “Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament” has launched a successful grassroots campaign with over 220,000 members to voice their unrest over Prime Minister Harper’s decision to suspend Parliament until after the Olympic games.
David Kirkpatrick, longtime senior editor for internet and technology at Fortune Magazine, has written for two decades about the computer and technology industries, as well as the impact of the Internet on business and society. His book, entitled "The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World" will be published by Simon & Schuster in the US June 15, 2010. David Kirkpatrick maintains a blog at facebook.com/thefacebookeffect.
This interview was recorded by Joerg Wolf, Editor-in-Chief of atlantic-community.org, at the DLD Conference in Munich on January 25, 2010.
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