James Surowiecki writes the financial page of the New Yorker. In 2005 he gave the following talk on new social media becoming news sources. The setting was the TED talks, a annual conference of notables and great speakers, each with 18 minutes to impress an audience with all sorts of topics. The talks are online and really worth a look. (Warning: the topic of Surowiecki’s talk is the 2005 Tsunami and there are some graphic bits.)
On another point, the podcast of the latest New Yorker issue focuses on an article on the “postmodernism” of contemporary finance. It is a curious description making current events intelligible to the New Yorker readership. It is also a narrative for the history of finance, call Perry!