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Social Media Videojournalism

Egypt: A Nation Forced Offline Delivers a Profound Viral Message

— January 30, 2011 — Pop Culture
‘Egypt: A Nation Forced Offline’ is a short but powerful piece of videojournalism by Brittany Darwell to shed light on the political turmoil in Egypt.

The crisis has been covered extensively by global media organizations, but ‘Egpyt: A Nation Forced Offline’ is a piece of videojournalism whose spread has been contained to the Internet via blogs and social media sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. With music and video production by Michael Marantz, the provocative piece highlights the role and influence of social media as a tool for people to report, disseminate and absorb ideas.
Trend Themes
1. Videojournalism - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop new platforms or technologies that enable more people to easily create and share videojournalism, bypassing traditional media outlets.
2. Internet Distribution - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create streamlined online platforms for distributing video content, allowing for wider reach and faster dissemination of important messages.
3. Social Media Influence - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop tools or algorithms that analyze and measure the impact of social media in shaping public opinion during times of political or social unrest.
Industry Implications
1. Journalism - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Integrate social media platforms into traditional journalism practices to create a more interactive and participatory news experience.
2. Video Production - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop new video production techniques that enable faster and more cost-effective creation of high-quality video content for online distribution.
3. Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Build innovative social media monitoring and analysis tools to help governments and organizations track the spread and impact of viral videos in real-time.
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