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From Social Media & Gender to Creative Meritocracy

By: Jaime Neely - Published: Mar 14, 2013
From productivity issues at work to the threat of online privacy, these curated speeches explore the dark side of social media. While the expansion of social networks and platforms have transformed the way business is conducted and the opportunities for people from every corner of the world to connect, there are many downsides to being this plugged in that are often overlooked.

Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, believes that the world, from a virtual point of view, is more disconnected than ever before. Ethan Zuckerman's speech shares a collection of shocking statistics surrounding media from countries all over the world which reveals that countries such as the United States receive an astonishingly small number of news stories covering content outside its borders.

Scott Belsky, the founder and CEO of Behance, introduces the concept of creative meritocracy, which essentially argues against crowdsourcing. He believes that technology and social media is often working against creative industries, offering opportunities and merit to individuals who may not necessarily possess the best ideas.

These speeches provide insight and open people's minds to be wary of their social media behavior.