Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Internet is probably making us antisocial

I found the above video particularly interesting and applicable when discussing technology, the internet and social media in conjunction with the use’s effect on socialization and interaction. Though smartphones are a relatively new way to harness communication tools, the medium … Continue reading

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On Digital Campaigning

Slacktivism has been discussed repeatedly in class the past few weeks. One point Prof Pasek brought forth was the idea of a “threshold” which people have to meet in order to take action against a specific policy that they believe is wrong. It … Continue reading

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The Relative Impact of Social Media on Society

The term “slactivism” gets thrown around in regards to the impact of social media on politics and society. Some argue that this click-to-cure mentality, in which people think that liking or sharing a Facebook post is sufficient civil engagement. While … Continue reading

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Civic-minded? By: Robbie Austin

We are living in the Information Age. The advent of the Internet brought a familiar debate: Is this new media technology complementing, supplementing, or supplanting face-to-face community? Hence, does Internet use have the potential to build social capital? Social capital … Continue reading

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Does any presence count as good presence?

In Pasek, et. al’s “Realizing the Social Internet? Online Social Networking Meets Offline Civic Engagement”, the authors perform research on the hypothesis that “website use induces a site-specific culture that can either encourage or hinder social capital” (Pasek et. al … Continue reading

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Defending Slacktivism

Evgeny Morozov’s article in Foreign Policy attacks the idea of slacktivism as well as throwing jabs at those who engage slacktivism. He implies that these people are lazy and not truly concerned with the issues at large. Yet, if these … Continue reading

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Print News versus Internet News

When I was in elementary school, Sunday mornings in my household consisted of me running outside to grab the New York Times, sitting on the bed with my parents, and reading the newspaper. Of course, I would only read the … Continue reading

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