Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's mysterious detention by Chinese police this week has not only drawn keen interest from the world of global politics and international relations, but also even that of the art world and mainstream media like CNN. Unlike previous times Ai has been arrested, he has so far not been able to use his Twitter account (@aiww, or @aiwwenglish if you prefer an interpreted version of his tweets) for any documentation of his ordeal. Last year when the Shanghai government was giving him trouble for his studio (sadly, it has since been torn down), I was able to have a few short conversations with him via Twitter using my still-developing Mandarin I and II skills.
Particularly since then, I've believed that social media -- or whatever you want to call it -- has a permanent place in global society. Perhaps it doesn't have a fitting place in a comfortable Westerner's deliberate world (Malcolm Gladwell and James Franco come to mind right about now) but I can assure you that millions of others throughout the globe utilize it to its fullest extent -- or desperately want to, if they only could afford such luxuries. I can't help but hear warning sirens of ignorance when critical tools of communication are so easily dismissed.
You know what's really "over"? Saying something is "over."
China: The great Joseph Nye argues why despite China's rapid development, the Communist state is unlikely to replace the U.S. as a dominant power.