How Do You Get Someone to Read About Shijiazhuang?

Encouraging Internet Wanderlust Is Tricky, Especially If You Don’t Want People to Get Lost

We imagine ourselves to be citizens of the world, but in fact we are drawn to people like us, to familiar experiences, and to information that confirms our biases. This is the phenomenon Ethan Zuckerman, who is my advisor at the MIT Center for Civic Media, calls “imaginary cosmopolitanism.” We could potentially read the daily news from Lagos, Nigeria on our laptop while we’re wearing pajamas. We could follow trending tweets from Turkey. But the imaginary part of the cosmopolitanism is that we don’t.

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Media Scholar Ethan Zuckerman

What Underrated Green Bay Packers Player Are You?

Ethan Zuckerman is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media and the author of Rewire: Becoming Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, which won the 2014 Zócalo …

The Mysteries of Our Connected Age


The beginnings of the Iranian revolution in 1978 took Western intelligence forces by surprise. The CIA was watching palaces and barracks while unrest was brewing in mosques and homes that …