Monthly Archives: January 2012

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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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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