Monthly Archives: December 2013

Is Social Media Really All That?

Throughout the semester, we have discussed the capabilities and reach of social media and what the Internet has to offer.  From local campaigns to global social movements, we have learned that social media and the Internet can provide a reliable … Continue reading

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Inevitable Shift Towards Complete Digitization

As our society transitions into the digital era, both consumers and business entities have continued to implement the emerging technologies into their lives.  Morozov explains this in The Wicked Fix, “as the Internet makes technological fixes cheaper, the temptation to … Continue reading

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Technology isn’t always the Answer

As the semester has come to a close, we have read several pieces by Morozov, arguing against usage of the Internet in many ways. For example, he has repeatedly claimed that the Internet promotes a lazy generation of slacktivists and … Continue reading

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The Pessimism Behind Social Media Use

The potentiality of the Internet has been of question all semester. What can the Internet achieve and how can it achieve it are of much debate. The Arab Spring provides an example of the ways in which the Internet can … Continue reading

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Social media’s role in revolutions

I found Morozov’s points in his short piece this week fairly inane.  He discusses how quotes are now qualified with the medium they came in, but this isn’t a new phenomenon. In newspaper articles and television news, reporters always qualify … Continue reading

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Social Media Acceptance

The internet has changed the way people all over the world live their lives. It has stimulated global commerce and strengthened ties between people thousands of miles apart. Recently, with the revolution that took place in Egypt, many may point … Continue reading

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Worshiping Social Media

This week’s readings seemed to comment on the notion that we, as citizens, give today’s new Internet technologies far too much praise than they deserve.  We are so captivated by them (and what we believe they can help us achieve) … Continue reading

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Social Media Architecture vs. Activists

Change is typically seen as a good thing. It allows us to adapt, as individuals, to new ways of thinking of things or doing things. York and Youmans discuss the ways in which changes in architecture of social media sites, … Continue reading

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Contradictions in Today’s Social Media Use

In this week’s readings, there seemed to be some important contradictory opinions in terms of the importance of social media. In the Gladwell reading, an important idea is brought up when asking, “Does Egypt Need Twitter?”. When first starting this … Continue reading

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