Interview with Voice of America–in Turkish

I was interviewed earlier today by Voice of America in Turkish. Yes, the interview is in Turkish. (VoA page for the interview can be found here).

P.S. I just installed this plug-in so I’m hoping it works well across browsers. If the controls to play aren’t visible, try right-clicking on the image. There is an option to make controls visible and another one to play the video.

PPS. Yes, I got a haircut between yesterday’s interview and today’s.

One thought on “Interview with Voice of America–in Turkish

  1. david

    Zeynep, great article! Kicked me into writing something about it 🙂

    Here is my first, I hope not overly critical contribution to the debate – Below I’ve copied and pasted the core argument:

    The problem I have with all this analysis is not that it is wrong, but that is misses the point, and does so dangerously. Dangerous because it reinforces the worst possible aspects of both sides of the debate. It misses the point because the real aspiration here, is the desire to replace corrupt hierarchical processes with a richer fairer discursive democracy. It is my assertion here that a great deal of this aspiration is being catalysed by technology, and that scale-free network or not, we should be celebrating the quality (not the form) of this new form of dialogue.

    It is clearly the case that technology is enabling people to have new and richer forms of two-way political communication, and for these political conversations to scale in ways, and at a speed, that were not possible before. It is also clear that this process has only just begun, but that technology will continue to drive these changes as communication technology (in particular mobile and smart phones) become more ubiquitous, and new social structures emerge that leverage these new capabilities.

    Scaling these technology-enabled conversations, may well mean forming natural small world or scale-free networks, but who cares? Isn’t that what we want, should we seek to elect a representative or decide together on a policy? We may well for instance decide together on a policy, without there being any clear (or indeed known or knowable) individual leaders. What really counts is how we form such decisions (the qualities of the conversations), and not simply the abstract shape or form of the social or decision making structure.


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