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Week 14 – Future Social Movements

The Cohn article discusses the State Departments decision to abandon the America.gov project in order to devote more time to promoting social media sites instead such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The author presents a reasoning theory which we are … Continue reading

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Week 13

Haas discusses the Egyptian revolution specifically, and the various elements that may have contributed to it’s success. Some elements he sites are: slow, tactful execution of the plan, lack of early elections, constitutional reform, and groups splitting into factions. Similarly, … Continue reading

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Wk 11 – Snow and Kurtzman

The Snow reading focuses on the recruitment to and spread of social movements. Their study finds that the likelihood of being recruited to a particular movement is correlated with: 1. One’s interpersonal ties with existing members of the movement and … Continue reading

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Week 10: Herrnsonetal & Nielson

This weeks readings focus on the political mobilization potentials of the Internet when used by political campaigns. The authors of the Herrnsonetal presented evidence done by a questionnaire study on the use of the Internet for campaigning by state legislative … Continue reading

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Week 9: Kreiss v. Shirky

This weeks readings discussed the important role of social media in helping Barack Obama develop a successful campaign. One of the key components that Kreiss elaborates was used by the Obama campaign was creating as much positive buzz as possible … Continue reading

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Week 8 – The Open Source Campaign

Both readings this week, by  Shirky and Trippi focus on the Howard Dean Presidential Campaign. At the time Howard Dean was running in the presidential primaries, the Internet was just becoming a tool for educating and mobilizing massive amounts of … Continue reading

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Week 7 – Bimber/Davis & Druckman et al.

In this week’s readings, both Bimber & Davis, along with Druckman et al., discuss the use of the Internet, specifically candidate websites, in political campaigns. Bimber & Davis focus on the history leading up to the use of the Internet … Continue reading

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