Emily Bell identifies the new journalistic space -- somewhere in between the algorithms and the billions of citizen eyewitnesses. And she wonders what business managers make of phenomena like Nicholas Kristof's Facebook presence bypassing the NYT's site completely and picking up 200,000 'likes'
"It strikes me that social media embodies the connection between action and expression. For example, you can Tweet that you are going to a demonstration. The hashtag connects you to others and acts as an expression of your opinion, a call to action and builds solidarity. It is democratic, efficient and endlessly variable. It is personal but it increases social capital for the movement. That’s quite impressive isn’t it? This all seems to me to be some sort of shift in the terms of trade of the political economy."