Monthly Archives: April 2013

Considering Cultural Difference in the Impact of Social Media Use

This class has begged the question of the usefulness of social media in social movements and revolutions. While it is apparent that the answer varies greatly depending upon whom and what is being moved upon, we tend to gauge social … Continue reading

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Can you really call it a revolution?

As recently discussed in class their is and has been speculation as to whether or not the use of social media is successful in promoting certain messages and increasing involvement. When somebody retweets an important message, is it actually improving the situation … Continue reading

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Comparing Revolutions and Social Media’s Role

After last week’s discussion of readings that were more skeptical of social media’s role, I wanted to keep an open mind as to how I felt about social media use in revolutions. Morozov argues that Twitter makes people believe they … Continue reading

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Is Social Media Helpful??

Recently, during class discussion, many people have held the belief that social media, such as YouTube and Twitter, is not an effective tool for social movements and revolutions. They have argued that these tools really do not make a difference … Continue reading

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The Arab Spring: Did social media really “revolutionize” the revolution?

This weeks readings centered around the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, with a particular focus on how social media technology played a role in this unique revolution.  In Howard’s article The Upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia: The … Continue reading

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The Importance of “Social Influencers”

One common thread I found most interesting, mentioned by both Tufekci & Wilson, and Howard & Hussain, was about the importance of early adopters and social influencers in the process of “igniting” a social revolution in Egypt, specifically. Both sets … Continue reading

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Arab Spring and Social Media

The Arab Spring gave way for revolution in the Middle East for countries like Egypt and Tunisia. The revolution of social media has sparked a new information gateway for people all over the world, making it easier for people to … Continue reading

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Social Media Revolutions

            I have been an avid fan of social media for some time now.  I have used it for escapism, promote events, and create networks.  This small-scale usage of social media sites is nothing compared to … Continue reading

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Is Social Media More Useful Than We Think?

Throughout the course, I must say I’ve been rather skeptical of the ability that social networking sites and social media in general have to actually cause action to happen and organize people into fighting for a cause. I think, for … Continue reading

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Week Twelve Response: The positives and negatives of Twitter in the Iranian revolution

Since I tend to take a more pessimistic approach to social media I found the Gladwell and Morozov readings to be the most substantive of the four readings we had for this week. Both Gladwell and Morozov downplay the role … Continue reading

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Can Slacktivism Be Changed?

The question of these readings are, can uprisings be attributed to social media? While new media is substantive for change, and without it and new information through technology there would be no change at all, it cannot create a serious … Continue reading

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Modern Activism: Powered by Tools or Causes?

In this week’s readings, we are presented with somewhat conflicting ideas about the power that social media plays within contemporary Muslim media systems, using the Iranian protests and revolution in particular. The most important message that rings true throughout the … Continue reading

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Can one tweet make a difference?

Can one tweet make a difference? This weeks readings examined the innerworkings of how tweets and other “new media” sites are contributing to protests, uprisings and even further influencing political changes. These protests utilizing social media platforms are quite different … Continue reading

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Protests Aren’t Flashmobs

Analyzing the Morozov and Howard reading, we can reach two general conclusions: Without the internet, the ‘collectiveness’ of ‘collective action’ would be jeopardized, and the internet only supplements the awareness of protests, not begins them.    Examining the protests in … Continue reading

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The Overemphasis of Social Media

Over centuries, the way that activists have formed protests has changed and adapted to the technologies of the time. In this century, Twitter has been thought of as a key element to organizing and aiding the determined people of certain … Continue reading

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Weak Tweets

The message in these readings is that social media sites are not capable of creating revolution, which seems somewhat kind of obvious after reading them. Anything put up on Twitter or Facebook can be found by the government. It does … Continue reading

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Social Media: All Its Cracked Up To Be?

In the academic research on social movements there are many differing opinions on how effective social media websites such as Twitter are at mobilizing people and creating revolutions for change. Some feel that social media sites excel at bringing people … Continue reading

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Effectiveness of Social Media

            There are many varying opinions regarding the effectiveness of social media as a contributor, catalyst, or direct cause of political, social, or economic revolutions. Some argue that social media facilitates revolutions through its ability to … Continue reading

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