‘Democratization’ Videos

  • Dennis Hong : The Dark Side of Democratization

    Dennis Hong : The Dark Side of Democratization

    WordCamp Orange County 2017Speaker: Dennis Hong

    July 22, 2017 — No one can dispute the power that democratized publishing affords us. After all, anyone today can start a website and be heard by the world. And of course, WordPress has played a central role in all this. But let’s face it, we have a problem on our hands. Over the past year now, misinformation on the internet seems to have reached a tipping point, not just in the United States, but all over the world. From the persistence of content designed to manipulate our emotions to the polarization of politics and the spread of radicalism, all of these issues can be attributed in some way to the ease with which anyone can find a voice on the internet today. My talk will therefore 1) describe the problems democratization can create, and 2) discuss potential solutions. To paraphrase a well-known saying, “The price of democratization is eternal vigilance.”

  • Dennis Hong: The Dark Side of Democratization

    Dennis Hong: The Dark Side of Democratization

    WordCamp US 2016Speaker: Dennis Hong

    December 11, 2016 — No one can dispute the power that democratized publishing affords us. After all, anyone today can start a website and be heard by the world. And of course, WordPress has played a central role in all this. At the same time, the power granted by democratization has led to unforeseen consequences. From the persistence of misinformation to the proliferation of content designed to manipulate our emotions, from the polarization of politics to the spread of radicalism, all of these can be attributed in some way to the ease with which anyone can find a voice on the internet today. My talk will therefore 1) describe the problems democratization can create, and 2) discuss potential solutions. As the saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.”