This topic came up for a newsletter for one of my groups, I had two suggestions:
- cell phones with cameras - and more
- the new and improved Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
Most cell phones come with video cameras now, giving us the ability to document events and publish them online immediately. Just about any event – both good and bad - can be recorded and distributed for public review. This has already changed the way society interacts, whether it’s politicians, police, teachers, or just friends in a pub. Before you know it, you too can see your indiscretion as a YouTube hit. We’ve lost some privacy and secrecy, but we have gained connectivity and transparency, so I suppose this is a “good thing”.
An extension of this inter-connectivity is the use of programs such as Twitter on cell phones, as a form of real time social networking. Look at how quickly people can share the current status of line-ups at various H1N1 vaccination sites, often faster that the traditional news media. Or we can share a real time report from a trial or political convention, or what Paris Hilton just had for lunch, or what we really think of our boss.