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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Week 14

This weeks readings focused on how the Arab Spring has affected people’s perceptions of social media, by asking people to consider whether social media tools have changed the medium of communication. Additionally, it has called into question how governments will … Continue reading

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Week 13

This weeks reading focused on the Arab Spring revolutions and protests in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. In her article “Demystifying the Arab Spring” Lisa Anderson discusses the contextual differences between each of the revolutions. While all of these changes occurred … Continue reading

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Week Thirteen:

This weeks topic is all about the Arab Spring, which was a series of revolts that began in Arab nations (such as Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya) in early 2011.  Here in the West, we are under the impression that these … Continue reading

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Week 13

In this week’s readings, Anderson, Haas, and Kinsman all express belief that the role of social media in revolution is overrated.  In “Demystifying Arab Spring”, Anderson explains that the widespread share of information that leads to revolutions and social movements … Continue reading

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Week 13

A common thread throughout our readings on the Arab Spring is the idea of each movement as organic and specific. Kinsman talks about this by saying that democracy can’t be imported or exported while Haas talks about it by saying … Continue reading

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Week 13

Kinsman’s structure of revolutions into two parts, revolt and rebuilding, is apt to describe the Arab Spring. He states, “Democracy can neither be exported nor imported…It needs to emerge from within, to be authentic and enduring” (Kinsman, 42). This goes … Continue reading

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Week 13: Tactics and Strategy

“Humiliation is a powerful motivator” (Haass, 115).   “The objective must be to slow the political clock. Egyptians need time to build a civil society and open a political spectrum that has been mostly closed for decades (Haass, 116).  These … Continue reading

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Week 13

This week’s readings discussed the role of social media during the Arab Spring.  The readings were similar to last week’s readings about the role of social media in the Iranian revolution in 2009.  Two years later, with more presence on … Continue reading

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Week 13

Two of our reading this week seem to support the idea that while social media were a noted part of the Arab Spring, each country’s individual reasons for revolution were actually the impetus for the subsequent uprisings. In Lisa Anderson’s … Continue reading

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Week 13

This week’s readings focused on the revolts of Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt in 2011, which combine to make the “Arab Spring.” The readings look at how the revolts, though similar in nature, had distinct components that individualized them from one … Continue reading

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Week 13

This week’s readings highlight the extent to which social media platforms can be effective in organizing revolts. Specifically, though, the articles pertained to “Arab Spring”, a revolutionary wave of protests that occurred in the Middle East in the spring of … Continue reading

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Week 13

This weeks readings focus on the extent to which social media and online organization of revolts actually work, particularly during the “Arab Spring” in the winter of 2011. In some ways, this is similar to last week’s discussion on the … Continue reading

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