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Week 14

The authors this week had very compelling, yet mixed arguments. Hindman advocates that infrastructure matters. Cohn suggests that the U.S. government should be involved in social media to make them more available. Hindman argues that there is a distinction on … Continue reading

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week 13

The authors this week dsicuss the important role that Twitter played in the uprisings in Egypt and Lybia. Why do you believe there was a change in the significance of twitter from when it was used in the Iranian Revolution. … Continue reading

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week 12 blog post

Gladwell and Morozov make very good points, supported with strong evidence, about the overestimated worship of social media, including Twitter, in American media in the Iranian “twitter revolution”. Gladwell advocates that in order to have effective high-risk activism, there needs … Continue reading

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week 11 readings

The readings this week discuss the initiation for social movement. It is important to note that these discussions do not include the effects of the new phenomenon of the Internet and social media. This is interesting to examine, as we … Continue reading

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week 10 post

Herrnosonetal finds that ultimately online campaigning has to do with strategic and structural factors more so than with the digital divide. I would like to focus particularly on Herrnosonetal’s finding on Internet use for campaigning with the variable of incumbency. … Continue reading

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week 9 readings

The readings this week discuss the role that social media plays in political campaigns. Slotnick analyzes the strategies that the 2008 republican and democratic candidates use through social media and the extent that social media, particularly Facebook, has on the … Continue reading

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week 8 readings

I found the readings this week to be extremely interesting. Trippi’s article provided the inside scoop on the Howard Dean campaign, sharing the emotional rush of the campaign with its readers, and discussing the impact of the internet/blogging as the … Continue reading

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Week 7 readings

Druckman et. al and Bimber & Davis discuss the history of the increase in campaign websites, as well as the strategic thoughts that are put into the formation of these sites by political candidates, respectively. What is presented by these … Continue reading

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week 6 readings

Sandage discusses the invention of the telegraph and the effects it had on the world during the Victorian era. I could not help but parallel Sandage’s argument about the negative effects of the telegraph to Morozov’s image of the Internet. … Continue reading

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week 5 readings

In Karpf’s article, he concludes that the effect of YouTube alone on political matters is not as great as it is thought to be, but rather the involvement of the campaigns and political organizations with Youtube is what makes an … Continue reading

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week 4 readings

After reading both Praiser and Morozov’s works, it seems as though there is a sort of paradoxical theme that the democratic nature of the Internet actually discourage a movement towards democracy in communist countries. In The Filer Bubble, Praiser insinuates … Continue reading

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week 3 – alexia tamer

The readings for this week discuss collective action as a powerful concept in regards to political activism, which arose with the phenomenon of the Internet, and particularly with the emergence of social media. Prior to the Internet, attempts for collective … Continue reading

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week 2 readings

I would like to specifically address the aspect of the emergence of the ARPANET, which developed into the Internet, in the 1970s. Both of the readings this week discuss the effects that ARPANET had on society, yet they vary in … Continue reading

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