Each step in the evolution of civilization was triggered by the arrival of a new technology. Nearly 6,000 years ago the invention of writing in Mesopotamia spawned a new civilization marking the beginning of Ancient history. Writing was a scattering vector of religious texts. Printing catalyzed the spread of these religious words and served as support to cultural and social revolutions.
More recently, telecommunications – internet in particular, have shown it is a tool people can use to swing a cons-established power. The 21st century, although very young, has seen many movements use the Internet to mobilize: the Arab Spring, the Indignados, the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, “pirate party”, etc. These examples illustrate the very first manifestations of a new era of freedom on which the Internet will serve as vector. Individual never had more freedom to express theirself. Means available are varied and easier to use. They rely on traditional media: image / video / text / sound.
Today we see the explosion of a new way to express: the live broadcast. Live services are beginning to take precedence over on-demand services. They bring the feeling of living a fleeting moment, therefore audience pay much more attention during a live transmission. Content creators are aware of this phenomenon and are beginning to engage in the adventure.
A much less shy generation comes online today and intends to express themselves directly and do not let others speak for her (#notinmyname/#notinourname). Speaking and reacting live do not longer frighten people. Uses are changing at exponential speed: public debates, awareness of diseases, fund raisers to support families, Academy Awards amator’s commentary, school’s amateur radio, readings, independent and mobile radios, spiritual and social exchanges, economic and market news… For the first time the whole world is found live and we may ask: How this will impact our civilizations?