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New Power Works Sideways

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

I have been reading a book called New Power, which is largely about how social media is reshaping how society works. In the introductory chapter three examples of use of new power are given:

  • Harvey Weinstein vs #MeToo movement

  • The patient vs the doctor

  • The schoolgirl vs the state department

All are about empowerment of people that traditionally have limited power. The final example is rather scary - it is about a school girl becoming an ISIS recruit and then recruiter.

The main point given is that 'new power' works sideways, i.e. peer to peer, whereas 'old power' is top down. If a pain point in your peer is identified, that can then be answered to using social media tools. Traditionally before social media, information flowed in a top down manner and so peer-to-peer information sharing was far more limited.

People using social media and smartphones contrasting with the top down pyramid hierarchical model
Peer to peer information sharing is displacing old hierarchical information distribution more and more. Generated by Canva Text to Image

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Steven Trpenov
Steven Trpenov
Apr 16, 2023

You had me intrigued but I felt like it ended very abruptly - bring on part 2 when it's done 😊

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