'It's that on the surface it says that "the internet is a new form of democracy". So what you're seeing is a new pluralism, a new collage, a new mosaic of all sorts of different ideas that's genuinely representative. But if you analyse what happens, it simplifies things. [Those in social media] are parasitic upon already existing sources of information - they do little research of their own.
'What then happens is this idea of the 'hive mind', instead of leading to a new plurality or a new richness, leads to a growing simplicity. Far from being "the wisdom of crowds", it's the stupidity of crowds. Collectively what we are doing is creating a more simplified world.'
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In 2011, a referendum will determine whether or not the Southern region of Sudan becomes independent from the North. Experts fear that instability in the run-up to the referendum or its aftermath could reignite a civil war and cause massive human rights abuses unless international efforts are intensified to find a peaceful path through the next 12 months.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED ==================== Take part in a world-wide drumming video and help us pressure world leaders to push for peace in Sudan. Simply post a video reply on YouTube - in your video description add a line about who’s doing the drumming and where it’s happening, then tag it with ‘Sudan365’ and ‘beat for peace’. We’ll take the best responses we receive and mix them into a final video - containing clips of drummers from across the globe - to demonstrate the support for international action to prevent further conflict.
WHAT IS SUDAN365? ================= Sudan365 is a year of campaigning for Sudan. It has been organised by a coalition of groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Save Darfur, FIDH, Refugees International, Darfur Consortium and Arab Coalition for Darfur. More info at http://www.sudan365.org/