Trump’s Takeover Of Social Media And How To Fight Back: Cenk Uygur Interview w/ Ramesh Srinivasan

Published on Mar 2, 2017

Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) interviews Ramesh Srinivasan. Ramesh is an Associate Professor of Information Studies at UCLA and founding director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab. His research focuses on the relationship between technology, politics, culture, and societies across the world. But today he’s here to talk about his newly released book, “Whose Global Village?: Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World.” Buy Ramesh’s book here:…

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About Ramesh:
– Holds an engineering degree from Stanford, a Ph.D. in Design Studies from Harvard, a Masters of Science in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford.
– He founded the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab
– He and his work have appeared in/on the Washington Post, HuffPost Al Jazeera English, NPR and Public Radio International
– Has collaborated with non-literate tribal populations in India to study how literacy emerges through uses of technology, and traditional Native American communities to study how non-Western understandings of the world can introduce new ways of looking at the future of the internet.
– His research has spanned such bounds as Native Americans, Somali refugees, Indian villages, Aboriginal Australia, and Maori New Zealand
– Has worked with bloggers who overthrew the authoritarian Kyrgyz regime
– Has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation in the Science, Technology, and Society division, as well as an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant
– His book, Whose Global Village?: Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World was released on February 27th.
– His next book is titled “After the Internet”
– This is his fourth appearance on TYT Interviews and his fifth on TYT

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The Stream – Did social media oust Mubarak? – Ramesh Srinivasan

On The Stream we were joined by Ramesh Srinivasan, an assistant professor of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles who recently returned from conducting ethnographic work for several weeks in Egypt. He was primarily looking at the role social media has played in Egypt’s demonstrations and he posted this about his conclusions on his blog: “Running across freeways with labor organizers, speaking with taxi drivers and laborers, and visiting rural areas of Egypt convinces me that neither social media technologies nor the youth that use them caused or directly led a revolution where people from every walk of life took to the street.”

While social media had an effect on the demonstrations, Ramesh pointed out that not enough focus has been on the power of organisers who used more traditional techniques. “There are people who are able to rally the masses, get the masses out into the street and they have all sorts of techniques for doing this and yet also be able to interpret the social media so they can impact journalism, they can impact funding, they can impact all other sorts of support. So it’s how you work both.”

The linking of the online and offline worlds worked because ” they were united around this idea that this regime had to go.” And it’s on-going today, he says. “There’s still an alignment which works perfectly with social media and with the logic of the street against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces…but the idea of working out all one’s different positions and developing consensus is a hugely problematic to this day in Egypt.”

During our discussions, members of our online community weighed in via Twitter. @HarisAlisic downplayed the role of social media, saying: “social media is just a tool, it does not cause nor drive revolutions. Suharto of Indonesia was driven out before twitter.” But @GlbalCitizn4Pce wrote about its additive effect: “Social Media gives #Revolution its biggest advantages: Speed & Numbers.” Thumbnail image: Egyptian protesters at a protest in Cairo, July 12, 2011. [EPA/Mohamed Omar]

Ramesh Srinivasan On Bolivia’s Indigenous Media Revolution (interview w/ Dave Koller)

Published on Nov 16, 2015

Having recently returned from his latest visit to some of the most remote areas of Bolivia, Ramesh Srinivasan, director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab and an Associate Professor in Information Studies at UCLA, joins The Young Turks’ Dave Koller to discuss how cultural diversity can be empowered through technology efforts. Bolivia is such a richly multicultural nation that it can be seen as an interesting example for many of us across the world who are interested in how to support cultural diversity in a world where this is being lost. Srinivasan shares fascinating stories of how Bolivia’s indigenous communities are reinventing traditional media – specifically radio – to spread information across far-flung regions of the country, promote indigenous causes and help organize labor and workers. He provokes us to think about how social media and Internet initiatives can learn from radio.

Also discussed in this wide-ranging interview:
– The emerging and dynamic politics of South America, with an eye toward Bolivia and the pope’s recent visit to the region
– The tensions and paradoxes associated with Bolivian president Evo Morales
– How radio may provide an answer to the angst we feel about the Internet
– Why new media and the Internet have failed to take hold with rural and indigenous communities and how radio can be a teacher in overcoming this.
– How technologies can support indigenous and non-western values and beliefs.
– What those of us in the west can learn from Bolivia’s efforts to promote connectedness.
– The first-hand experience of seeing Bolivians’ reaction to Pope Francis’ recent visit.

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Technology, Social Media & Indigenous People – Prof. Ramesh Srinivasan

Published on Feb 6, 2015

Ramesh Srinivasan is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Design/Media Arts at UCLA. He studies the relationship between media, specifically new technologies, and social, political and cultural realities across the world.

In his first return to the TYT studio, Professor Srinivasan and The Young Turks’ in-house Bolivia-phile Dave Koller cover a wide range of topics, including:

– Whether the world needs more or fewer books by Malcolm Gladwell
– Why a social media expert like Srinivasan shuns Twitter
– How Bolivian president Evo Morales is pushing technological change to empower indigenous communities in Bolivia
– Why people in the West feel a false sense of confidence in social media to foment revolution against authoritarian regimes
– Why a member of a young hacker community in Bolivia greeted Srinivasan in a giant Linux penguin costume
– What the people who live in and around landfills in the developing world can teach the West about repurposing old technology

Find out Srinivasan’s thoughts on the above topics and much more in this installment of TYT Interviews.

Egypt’s Digital Battle

Can We Build a Better World? Can Sex Change the World?

Published on Jan 5, 2013

We can envision a better world, but are there steps we can take to enact real change? Is there a future in which different cultures can truly peacefully coexist? Does the media cause us as a society to be close-minded and resistent to meaningful change? And lastly, is it possible that sex and changing views of sex have the power to make the world a better place overall?

Ana Kasparian (Host, The Point and Co-host of The Young Turks) lead this weeks panel to discuss these issues and more with Ramesh Srinivasan (Professor, Information Studies at UCLA), Sikivu Hutchinson (Activist, Author of Moral Combat) and Tom Shadyac (Film Maker, Director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, and more). Special thanks to Peter Joseph of the Zeitgeist Movement and Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn for sending in points.

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