Monthly Archives: March 2012

Week 12

Malcolm Gladwell and Evgeny Morozov both take interesting stances on the role of social media in revolutionary activity, particularly particularly Twitter in the Iranian Revolution. Both authors’ stances lie starkly in contrast to the broadly accepted concept that revolutions in … Continue reading

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Week 12

Malcom Gladwell’s comparison of the civil rights movement in the 1960s with the current social media revolution is compelling. Gladwell notes that civil rights activists successfully organized and executed sit-ins without the employment of modern technologies (e.g. e-email, texting, Facebook, … Continue reading

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Week 12 – Gladwell and Morozov

If the readings in past weeks for the most part built up the importance of social media, this week’s readings by Gladwell and Morozov more so than not tear it down. Malcolm Gladwell, writing on the history of social activism … Continue reading

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Week 12- Gladwell/Morozov

I believe that many Americans hold the ‘cyber-utopian’ belief that social networks have been a leading factor in social activism and worldwide revolution. I contend that American media coverage, some misunderstanding of foreign events, and a general over optimism in … Continue reading

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Week 12 Howard/Gladwell/Shirky

The readings for this week focus on the prevalence of new social media and the effects it is having on societies, primarily in relation to the revolutions occurring in the Middle East. More recently, researchers have chosen to look at … Continue reading

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Week 12

Early on in this course, we learned about Shirky’s utopist beliefs on what social networking media was becoming capable of. The mobilization of activist groups with efficiency and speed had Shirky believing in a new era of political movements and … Continue reading

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Week 12 – Gladwell/Morozov

Howard, Morozov and Gladwell each take a different lens and stance on the role of Twitter in “Iran’s Twitter Revolution” and extrapolate these findings to the larger Islamic society. After reading these three authors and internalizing their arguments, I contend … Continue reading

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Week 12

Throughout our course thus far, we’ve discussed as a class whether social media incur positive progress on societies or negative effects. This week’s readings focus on the critique of Twitter’s role during the Iranian election protests of 2009-2010, with both … Continue reading

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Week Twelve

Social media has been credited to successfully sparking revolutions in the Middle East, North Africa and even the Occupy movement in the United States. However, there are skeptics of the role that social networking on the Internet has played in … Continue reading

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Week 11- Kurtzman/ Snow, et. al

To me, these articles tie together very well. Recruitment into social movements becomes more probable if an individual has a social tie to a member of the group (Snow research), and with the rapidly expanding social media networks, these personal … Continue reading

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Week 10

In this weeks reading, the authors focused on how email and social networking are being used to foster political support online. Email and social networking share similar goals of gaining supporters and encouraging campaign donations however each medium accomplishes this … Continue reading

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Week 10

It is safe to say that the relationship between technology and societal adaption lives in a perpetual state of flux.  One way that we are able to see this trend is through the changes that occur within political campaigns over … Continue reading

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Week 10

As the Internet continues to become a more significant part of society, Internet tools are being increasingly utilized to create effective campaigns.  As we’ve learned from presidential campaigns, like Obama’s, the Internet and social media have the potential to play … Continue reading

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Week 10

Because everything in the world today is becoming increasingly digital, there is no doubt that the Internet can play a significant role in the outcome of elections (or anything else, for that matter). Regardless of which tools are used online, … Continue reading

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Week 10

In this week’s reading, Nielsen argues that people use specific Internet tools for specific reasons, and different tools accomplish different goals. He mentions three general categories under which Internet tools fall: mundane, emerging, and specialized. Nielsen uses email as an … Continue reading

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Week 10

This week’s reading focuses on Internet tools that are utilized to create effective campaigns. However, different from what has been previously discussed, the articles from this week do not highlight “emerging tools”, such as social networking sites, as the most … Continue reading

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Week 10

This week’s readings discuss the implications of various strategies online.  Which strategies work best: mundane internet tools like email or emerging tools like social networking sites? According to Nielsen, mundane internet tools are more effective, while the readings about Blue … Continue reading

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Week Ten

This week’s reading raise the topic of what Internet tools are effective as well as how public relations organizations utilize these tools to create effective Internet campaigns, specifically in the political arena. Nielsen discusses how so-called mundane Internet tools are … Continue reading

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Nothing but the Numbers – Week 10

Today’s political candidates seem to be entirely set on winning the vote and the tactical ways in which to achieve that strategy. Politics is losing sight of the issues it stands for and instead worrying itself only with the visibility … Continue reading

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Week 10

From this week, one of the most profound lines came from the Nielsen reading where a young campaign staffer says that “people don’t use the internet…they use specific tools for specific purposes with specific implications.” Some of these tools are … Continue reading

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Week Ten:

The readings this week deal with the “Digital Divide” and how the Internet is used in different ways by different candidates.  This is a pretty obvious assertion, but learning how different groups use the Internet is important to understand where … Continue reading

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mundane media. Week 10

Let it be said for the umpteenth time, Clay Shirky’s idea that media is only utilized once it’s become technologically boring, is supported ny yet another one of our readings.  Shirky suggests that media has to be understood, and as Nielson suggests, … Continue reading

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Week 10 Reading

While we have discussed the potential for social media to affect presidential elections, the reading this week addresses the ability for social media to have an effect on smaller elections and political issues. Moreover, it is clear from the reading … Continue reading

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Week 10

In this week’s readings, we explore how more conventional and more exotic modes of Internet communication collide, and affect politics on the Internet. An overarching question that had presented itself through these readings is: How important is the Internet to … Continue reading

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Week 9

Vassia Gueorguieva is a prominent researcher in the field of social science. In 2008 Gueorguieva published the essay Voters, Myspace, and YouTube.In this essay Gueorguieva detailed her theories on the emergence of different websites as radically effective political campaign platforms. New … Continue reading

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Week 9

This week’s reading talks further about what we’ve been talking about in class on the utilization of the Internet for political campaigns. Social networking and sharing sites such as Myspace, Facebook, and Youtube are used as examples in the readings … Continue reading

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Week 9

While last week’s readings discussed Dean’s innovative use of web tools like blogs and email, this week’s readings about the 2008 election focus more on social media as we know it today, involving sites like Myspace, Facebook, and YouTube. Although … Continue reading

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Week 9

Whereas last week’s readings demonstrated that Howard Dean’s campaigns seemed to have substance but lacked strategy and purpose, this week’s readings angle toward strategy in the use of social media by President Obama. YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and blogs like the … Continue reading

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Week 9

Social media affords additional ways of communicating to an extensive public. Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, in particular, are key assets to presidential campaigns, as Vassia Gueorguieva argues in “Voters, Myspace, and YouTube.” Gueorguieva explicates that the advent of social media … Continue reading

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Week 9 – Slotnick/Lutz (Edelman)

All of the readings for this week’s set of lectures focus on Obama’s initial 2008 presidential campaign and the way it paved a revolutionary path for candidates that attempt to integrate social media into their candidacy. I noticed that I … Continue reading

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