I think the yin-yang comment by Josh is very accurate. To me, Keen’s assertion seemed to be that social media is eroding instead of empowering. Esra’a’s keynote proved just the opposite, and I think it struck at the heart of why so many of us are so passionate about social media. Social media is empowering Esra’a and giving her the ability to communicate with and touch people halfway around the world.
To me, Keen’s opening talked of the ‘worst case’ scenario for social media, while Esra’a is living proof of the best-case. Maybe I am an eternal optimist, but I’ll cling to Esra’a’s vision before I will Keen’s.]]>