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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