Monthly Archives: January 2012

Week Five

In his article Political Factors: Digital Activism in Closed and Open Societies, Glaisyer asserts that both citizen usage and government response to the internet will look different in democratic societies when compared to autocratic societies. He states ‘the disposition of … Continue reading

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Week 5 – Pasek & Karpf

In previous weeks, we learned about differing opinions of the capabilities of the internet and other new communication technologies, and their potential impact on the future. Authors like Shirky and Rheingold envision a future in which the development of communications … Continue reading

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Week 5

While most of our authors so far have regarded the Internet as a tool that could revolutionize political participation, this week’s readings started to suggest some limitations. In Dave Karpf’s “Measuring the Success of Digital Campaigns,” for example, he proposes … Continue reading

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Week 5: Karpf/Glaisyer

This week’s readings talks about how much power digital communication tools have on society. More specifically Karpf and Glaisyer mainly focused on talking about political activism and collective action based on using digital tools. These communication mediums can be used … Continue reading

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Week 5 – Karpf and Glaisyer

In “Measuring the Success of Digital Campaigns,” Dave Karpf argues, “anyone with an Internet connection has a platform for getting the word out” (p. 151). Yet, he puts forth the question of whether this new form of connecting enhances the … Continue reading

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Week 5 – Pasek, Karpf & Glaisyer

This week’s reading seek to disprove the notion that the rise of social media leads to greater civic engagement and collective action. Pasek and colleagues, Karpf and Glaisyer instead arrgue that social media are instead only tools that render collective … Continue reading

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Week 5- Karpf/Glaisyer

All readings this week by Pasek et al., Glaisyer, and Karpf highlighted to some extent the overestimation of empowerment we attribute to social communication tools. The texts by Karpf and Glaisyer build upon each other and offer different yet valuable … Continue reading

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Week 5- Karpf, Pasker, Glaisyer

The readings all provided different insights as to how varying factors (types of governments, websites, users, political institutions), not just the technology itself, can possibly contribute to civic engagement, social capital, and political action. In Karpf’s study about high-profile political … Continue reading

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Karpf and Glaisyer

Karpf and Glaisyer both speak of the impact of social media on politics. Karpf focuses on how to measure the success of digital campaigns using a metric system. Glaisyer analyzes the success of social media in closed and open societies. … Continue reading

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Week 5 – Pasek/Karpf

In Karpf’s piece, he compares tactical versus strategic level of measuring success in relation to  online political activism that is demonstrated through popular applications such as blogs, videos and social networking sites (SNSs). The author elaborates on many present-day examples … Continue reading

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week 4

While Morozov makes a lot of good points and uses a lot of information to back up his argument that the internet is depoliticizing the masses, his view of internet consumption results mostly from his opinion that democracy is universally … Continue reading

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Week 4

One thing that Pariser discusses in his book, The Filter Bubble, is the role of news and its relationship with audiences in the digital age.  With the shift of news consumption moving from print to the internet, the role of journalists has … Continue reading

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Week 4

In The Filter Bubble, Pariser makes the claim that we have entered the “era of personalization” on the Internet, and that this personalization is hindering our ability to find new information and ideas. This personalization seems appealing because there is … Continue reading

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Week Four

When coming into power, many authoritarian rulers may face what is called a dictator’s dilemma. This conflict is developed when rulers extract information from citizens through elections or electronic means and are then faced with the “dilemma” of whether or … Continue reading

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Week 4 – Pariser and Morozov

This week, Pariser and Morozov each give similar perspectives on the effects of personalization on the Internet, contrasting last week’s utopian vision on the Internet and collective action from Shirky and Rheingold. Pariser compares “push” technology, like television or mail … Continue reading

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Week 4

In his book The Filter Bubble Eli Pariser discusses how the filter bubble of the Internet, personalization, and use of algorithms has affected the information consumers receive and could have an effect on the political system and society in general. … Continue reading

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Week 4 Readings

In this week’s reading, two authors present similar ideas about the potential today for people to become less active in politics as a consequence of greater media consumption. While this may seem antithetical, both authors argue that use of particular … Continue reading

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Week 4

I took special notice of Pariser’s description of push versus pull content. The pull content of the internet allows for more discretion of the user to decide what to view, but he makes an interesting claim that with the trend … Continue reading

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Week 4

In Eli Pariser’s book, The Filter Bubble, he establishes what he calls the personalization of the Internet. From a business perspective, he introduces the content of the book by saying that, “the Internet giants’ formula is simple: The more personally … Continue reading

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Week Four. Regeneration of news

Praiser presents the interesting idea that media has now become focused around the user/producers, not the sole producers.  I find this idea very interesting in response to previous historical trends, and in conversation with Shirky.  Praiser speaks to the growing … Continue reading

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Week 4

In his book, The Filter Bubble, Eli Pariser discusses the effects of personalization of Internet content that is accessed by users. Initially, this personalization seems like a handy and convenient aspect of the Internet. However, it significantly decreases the opportunity … Continue reading

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Week 4

I really enjoyed the chapters in Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble.  Learning about the algorithms and the inner workings of websites I use everyday such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pandora was extremely intriguing.  Pariser’s chapters give insight into … Continue reading

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Week Four:

In Chapter 2 of The Filter Bubble, Pariser introduces the issues with personalization of news content, which have been discussed several times thus far in class.  While on the surface, personalization seems like a good thing  (you get the content you … Continue reading

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Week Four

While the Internet has the ability to democratize and inform the public, new personalization features are threatening and destroying this potential.  In his introduction of The Filter Bubble, Eli Pariser explains that an invisible revolution is occurring in the way … Continue reading

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Jordan Altman: Week 4

I was very intrigued by chapter one of The Filter Bubble, written by Eli Pariser. He begins the chapter by explaining the 1990’s tech search for a perfect agent, or a computer programmed machine that could display extremely high levels … Continue reading

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Jorden Gemuend – Week 4 – Pariser and Morozov

The internet has been revered for its seemingly unlimited potential for the freedom of speech and information. This utopian vision may not be as exciting as it sounds as Pariser and Morozov explain difficulties with the new technology. Undoubtedly, the … Continue reading

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Week 3

In Shirky’s, Here Comes Everybody, chapters 7, 8, and 9 and Reingold’s Chapter 2 titled, Technologies of Cooperation and Chapter 7 titled, The Power of the Mobile Many, it talks about collective action and “smart mobs”. The discuss examples and … Continue reading

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Week Three

In Chapter 8, Shirky discussed how social dilemmas in the real world can create different challenges online. He begins by discussing the importance of social capital – the notion of helping out your neighbor under the assumption that he’ll help … Continue reading

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Week 3

Clay Shirky initially argues that the new media environment has caused a movement towards “mass amateurization.” In later chapters of Here Comes Everybody, he expounds that the advent of social media has enabled greater possibilities for collective action. As exemplified … Continue reading

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Week 3 Blog – pcomameh

In this week’s reading from Howard Rheingold’s book Smart Mobs, the author discusses social networks and their potential to be utilized as driving forces within a society. Rheingold’s discussion pays particular attention to the role that technological development has played … Continue reading

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