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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