The Internet: Prophecy and Reality - Big Idea - 16 October 2011

Has the internet lived up to its expectations? While it has effected some significant changes in the way we communicate, the transformations that were predicted just haven’t occurred. The internet has not, for example, promoted global understanding, empowered the powerless, caused the fall of dictators or generated a renaissance of journalism. So why haven’t the predictions met the reality?

Professor James Curran, Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, University of London

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