Marcelo Coutinho, director of the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics, had some interesting perspectives on social media -- which he shared with members of the Public Relations Global Network during our meetings in Brazil last week.
He said what we've known as a typical newscast has become displaced by what he called "social cast," including forums such as Facebook, Linkedin, blogs and the like.
Marcelo said social casts include three elements. They are:
The "cascade of opinion" has also become prominent. The recent U-Tube video of Susan Boyle's stunning performance on an English "Star Search" type show has spurred the latest version, which will likely prompt many "me-too" type postings in the near future.
There was one more example of how society is changing from "opinion leaders" to "opinion environments." The New York Times used to identify itself as "All the news that's fit to print." Today on www.nyt.com, you'll find "Where the conversation begins."
At least one publication sees the writing on the wall.