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Week 14

Alicia M. Cohen revealed that the U.S. State Department has put an end to America.gov–a digital project established in 2008 to promote Democracy in foreign countries. In its place, the State Department has initiated numerous social media projects. According to … Continue reading

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Week 12

Malcom Gladwell’s comparison of the civil rights movement in the 1960s with the current social media revolution is compelling. Gladwell notes that civil rights activists successfully organized and executed sit-ins without the employment of modern technologies (e.g. e-email, texting, Facebook, … Continue reading

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Week 9

Social media affords additional ways of communicating to an extensive public. Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, in particular, are key assets to presidential campaigns, as Vassia Gueorguieva argues in “Voters, Myspace, and YouTube.” Gueorguieva explicates that the advent of social media … Continue reading

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Week 7

I find John Perry Barlow’s article, “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,” compelling. It brought a new school of thought to my attention. Firstly, I agree with the notion that cyberspace creates: …a world that all may enter without … Continue reading

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Week 5 – Karpf and Glaisyer

In “Measuring the Success of Digital Campaigns,” Dave Karpf argues, “anyone with an Internet connection has a platform for getting the word out” (p. 151). Yet, he puts forth the question of whether this new form of connecting enhances the … Continue reading

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Week 3

Clay Shirky initially argues that the new media environment has caused a movement towards “mass amateurization.” In later chapters of Here Comes Everybody, he expounds that the advent of social media has enabled greater possibilities for collective action. As exemplified … Continue reading

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