- Ed Finn: Smartphone camera is not a de facto tool of democracy
- Political strongmen often use social media to consolidate power, he says
Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. A former journalist for Time, Slate and Popular Science, he is the co-editor of "Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future" (William Morrow, September 2014) and author of "Culture Machines," a book about the present and future of algorithms (MIT Press, forthcoming). The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's response to the botched coup attempt this weekend revealed something important about the laws of power in social media. Like other turning points in the Middle East since 2011, the news was relayed first and foremost by smartphones.