The day that social media became the news: James Surowiecki on TED.com

On this pivotal day, as Americans tweet, blog, IM, and update our Facebook status about the election, we take a look at the event that first showed the world the power of user-created media. Journalist James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news — and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy. (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, California. Duration: 16:59.)


Watch James Surowiecki’s talk from TED2005 on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 300+ TEDTalks — including more talks about social change.

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