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I recently started reading “The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online” by Yang Guobin. I’d like to pull out a quote from the introduction that hit home for me:
“Learning about Internet culture is like learning a new language. Immersion is the most important approach – but immersion in cyberspace has its seductive side. There is always something new: there are new developments related to the Internet, whether technological, social, cultural, or political. Studying the Internet did indeed feel like shooting a moving target. …To be sure, the Internet changes daily. But that does not mean what happened yesterday is meaningless today, for every little development in the past becomes part of the present. …Seen in this way, no research of the Internet can be outdated.”
I love this excerpt from a social media studies lens for two reasons, first because it addresses the idea that books on the Internet (and therefore social media) are pointless because both are changing so quickly, and second because the “always something new” factor is a major challenge I see in credibility of people who work or consult in social media. I have yet to decide if I ever want to make the commitment to constantly pay attention to what’s new online, which I view as a necessary step in social media professionals’ taking me seriously as an industry peer.
Nyhus Communications founder and CEO Roger Nyhus has worked as a communications director and advisor for the new U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke. Therefore, Roger was in a couple Seattle television news segments last week, embedded below with permalinks to their spots on the Nyhus blog.
I couldn’t find much U.S. news coverage of Locke on Tudou or Youku, so in case my China readers can’t view the above, I give you this Tudou playlist of Locke’s appointment: http://www.tudou.com/playlist/p/l11595087.html.