A social media vox populi experiment

March 19, 2010

IMG01877-20100318-1751The BBC World Service tested its capacity to produce large-scale social media events by hosting an ambitious global conversation in multiple languages from Shoreditch Town Hall in London on Thursday.

For the six-hour event, billed as “Superpower Nation Day“, the public broadcaster used television, radio and the Web to connect with people around the world.

Contributors answered the question “Is the Internet a right or a luxury? by typing into a social media platform that used Google’s translating tool to interpret comments.

Other events included live music and a reading of scenes from William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” in multiple languages.

Mark Sandell, the editor of  “World Have Your Say”, spoke to Reuters about the event.

Watch the video clip below or click on the headline of this post to view it if you can’t see it.


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A ‘right or luxury’?  a totally daft question:The internet is merely the latest tool in brainwashing.You have a right to luxury,its merely opinion as to what luxury is.

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If I am asked, I would go beyond or give a rare insight. Internet is of course a right but doubly it has increasingly becoming a indispensable part in every quantum step of our life.

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If you’re interested in the results of the experiment and some more technical details on how it was built, we’ve posted a follow-up on the BBC Internet blog, http://bit.ly/at93nL

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