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Ch02 - The World We Live In (2) - The Cyber World

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Chapter 02 - The World We Live In (2): The Cyber World


Part 1 - Web 2.0 and Social Media


Part 1.1 - What is Social Media? 


Overview of what is encompassed by this phrase i.e. blogs, wikis etc


Part 1.2 - Brief history


First there was Web 1.0; now Web 2.0; and Web 3.0 coming up


Part 1.3 - Current and future trends


Invented in USA; early adapters in USA, followed by UK and Europe; now exponential growth in Asia; move towards mobile media; millennials; baby boomer retirees; democratization of business and political communications


Part 2 - Generation Y or the Millennials


Shift from hierarchy to networks; millennials driving demand for consumer electronics, entertainment, autos and fashion; crossroads where globalisation meets Web 2.0; companies using blogs and social networking sites to recruit young employees all over the world. 


Part 3 - Foundations of a new online culture


Authenticity, openness and trust


Foundations in US version of free speech and non-hierarchical business culture; issues in Asia esp. China; issues for hierarchical “command-and-control” style business engagement


Conversation and democracy


Comments; ease of setting up an opposing blog; US political parties and bloggers; compare Asian governments and bloggers; OhMyNews and citizen journalism


Community and networks 


Alone at home but not alone virtually; fostering sense of community; but can also be isolating: Indian students suicide rate increased; Japanese suicide pacts; teens who blog and commit murder 




All you need is a mobile phone and/ or laptop; Asian tsunami 2004 and 7/7 London on Flickr; Twitter and Mexican earthquake; liveblogging; news on internet before traditional media e.g. Kryptonite lock; Kathy Sierra 


Free stuff


Software/ applications developers give stuff away for free; a "right" to free stuff on the web?; copyright issues; Simon Spurrier's book online for six months 


Be prepared, be very prepared (summarising Chaps 1 and 2)


Consequences for the PR sector; new approaches to PR emerging; what PR practitioners need to know and master in order to be prepared for the future


The need to integrate social media strategies within PR:

o Implications for business

o Business Applications

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