Monthly Archives: April 2012

Week 14 (Late)

In this week’s readings, our 5 authors posit questions about the role of social media and technology in recent movements in the Arab Spring. Taking them together as a whole, I’ve reached the conclusion that while social media may be … Continue reading

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Week 14

Alicia M. Cohen revealed that the U.S. State Department has put an end to America.gov–a digital project established in 2008 to promote Democracy in foreign countries. In its place, the State Department has initiated numerous social media projects. According to … Continue reading

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Week 14

The readings for this week were about the multiple political movements in several Arab countries from 2009 to present day. It talks about the organization of the movements, how social media played a role in organizing, and how each government … Continue reading

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Wk. 14 – Gladwell, Morozov & Springborg

At the center of this week’s readings is the question of what contribution, if any, technology might offer to the emergence and success of social movements. Can social movements flourish – and flourish to the point of overthrowing authoritarian regimes … Continue reading

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Week 14

This week’s readings focused on the potential make-up of social movements moving forward through analyzing technological, social media, and US Government roles in activism. I argue that however beneficial a technology may be, there is no ‘technological fix’ (Morozov) to … Continue reading

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Week 14

 Both Cohn and Morozov’s pieces point out not only the shift in government’s usage of technology, but also how technology as a whole may not be the ultimate ‘fix’ societal problems. What defines ‘success’ or ‘legitimacy’ of a revolution? And … Continue reading

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Week 14 – Cohn/Morozov

For this week, our assigned author’s take a step back and attempt to analyze the role that social media played in the Arab world throughout 2009-2011 and their associated revolutions, along with the role that social media is expected to … Continue reading

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