Monthly Archives: November 2011

Patrick Nolan Week 14

At first, this week’s readings don’t seem to be well connected or centered around one particular theme. That being said, the ideas presented can all come together to represent viewpoints in the same conversation.  A main question that arises from … Continue reading

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Week 13 Question

“Strong ties convinced friends and family to join the demonstration; the more abundant and diverse weak ties bridged communities and spread the news widely even in the face of government manipulation of mass media and shutdown of the internet and … Continue reading

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Week 13

Zhou et al. points out that the influence of social media during the Egyptian revolution should not be overestimated. He also points out that only one fifth of Egyptians got their news from social media. My question is, what do … Continue reading

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Week 13 – Spinweber

A common theme in recent readings has been an analysis of social media’s effectiveness.  There are authors that say Twitter is more influential because of the popularity it has built through word of mouth as opposed to actual outcome; there … Continue reading

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Week 13 Question

We have previously looked at the prevalence of Twitter in the Iranian revolutions. Some authors asserted that its influence was overstated while others deemed these revolutions to be modern because of the use of social media. The authors for this … Continue reading

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Week 13 Question

The articles by Zhou, et al. and Kinsman both describe uprisings, especially in the Middle East. Additionally, both articles discuss the potential impact of these technologies. In each case, the importance of these social technologies in causing or advancing the … Continue reading

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Week 13

This weeks readings focused on the use of Twitter in the Arab Spring, do you think that Twitter was actually that powerful when it came to these revolutions? How was the Arab Spring able to overcome the weak ties that … Continue reading

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