June 13, 2015 12:26 pm
There’s a revolution going on.
Some people call it the digital revolution.
Some people call it the social media revolution.
But whatever you call it, it’s changing everything.
It’s been a recurring theme this season on StarTalk.
We’ve interviewed Arianna Huffington, whose little personal blog has grown into a major media player: The Huffington Post.*
We’ve interviewed two astronauts, Chris Hadfield and Mike Massimino, who have been on the leading edge of using social media to help bring the exploration of space down to Earth.
And this week, on StarTalk Radio, we delve into how social media is impacting society, with Biz Stone, the co-founder of one of it’s most important channels, Twitter.
Twitter has changed the definition of breaking news, with “citizen journalists” on the ground able to bring us images and information with an immediacy and freedom of access that was always desired but never achievable.
Twitter has broken down the gaping chasms between celebrity and fan, elected official and citizen, and companies and their customers, allowing personal interaction at a scale heretofore impossible.
In this week’s podcast, we’ll be looking at social media from the inside, with Biz, and the outside, with Dr. Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Science and professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University, and Clive Thompson, a journalist who has been covering social media for decades for the New York Times Magazine and Wired. We’ll explore the role social media played in the Arab Spring, and the exploration of Mars. Even Bill Nye gets in on the conversation, challenging Neil to a “like-off!”
We guarantee you’ll hear something worth tweeting about.
Join host Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Eugene Mirman, Bill Nye and our guests this Sunday, June 14 at 7:00 PM EDT on our website, iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and SoundCloud.
That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!
– Jeffrey Simons
*Tune in August 9 for the podcast version of our StarTalk TV interview with Arianna Huffington, which previously aired on the National Geographic Channel.
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