Social media defy non-democratic authorities, but they are also changing the way we assess truth and reality. In Iran and in China, social media platforms such as Youtube and Twitter have allowed insiders to widely diffuse snapshot views of critical situations, providing the rest of the world with more diverse and personal portrayals of reality than any traditional (most likely censored) media.
Tweets and Youtube movies on the recent events in Iran or in China demonstrate that the assessment of truth and reality is increasingly driven by the diversity of personal views, whether they be timely, contradictory, or emotional. It is precisely this diversity which is valued, and is why social networks are so significant today. “Everything is miscellaneous” writes the American internet commentator David Weinberger, “no matter who is right – there is more truth in differences than in any fact taken individually”.