Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sonenshine on Global Outreach

I just opened YouTube and among the suggested videos (creepy -- I know), I saw this short segment from an interview which Voice of America had just uploaded on their channel. In that interview, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Tara Sonenshine is talking about how new information and communication technologies are helping the work of US public diplomacy and giving it the opportunity to "trump everything" in other countries. Well, OK, she is referring specifically to repressive governments and regimes - she even names a couple - but still, it's pretty amazing to see the Undersecretary herself making such blunt statements.

This is especially interesting in light of all the attempts VOA and all others affiliated with BBG always make to present themselves as mere "journalists".

... And somebody, please, please tell Ms. Sonenshine not to use that conniving look again [especially, towards the end]: that, coupled with her tone, made her sound really conspiratorial. It only feeds into the arguments those very regimes make against free expression at home and US "support" from abroad.

Lastly, she seems to have given a nice shout-out to Clay Shirky. Clearly, it's time for him to write another book (or at least, an updated volume).


  1. Well, I'm glad I didn't write this blog post, because YouTube decidedly does NOT suggest these kinds of videos to me.

    I am glad someone is paying attention, however. Thanks, Lena.

  2. :) Well, I'm the one to get the nerdy suggestions.