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Week 14 Ben Halperin

Cohn and Abdo provide a unique contrast in how governments utilize or control the Internet and social media. Cohn notes the government’s shift away from America.gov to a “‘more proactive’ Web engagement strategy” (Cohn). They describe that their new strategy … Continue reading

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Week 13 Question

The articles by Zhou, et al. and Kinsman both describe uprisings, especially in the Middle East. Additionally, both articles discuss the potential impact of these technologies. In each case, the importance of these social technologies in causing or advancing the … Continue reading

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Week 12

Both Morozov and Gladwell discuss the accuracy of considering the recent uprising in Iran a “Twitter Revolution.” He states how Twitter could be a great forum for a Revolution. As Morozov writes, the short and fast nature of a Tweet … Continue reading

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Week 11, Ben Halperin

When a discussion of social networks arises, even in academic writing developed around 30 years ago, I cannot help but to think of the Internet and Facebook. Krutzman’s piece discussed the uprising that led to the Shah’s disposal in Iran … Continue reading

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Ben Halperin Week 10

Herrnson, et al’s piece discusses the online use in state legislative elections. Although the study solely examined how state legislative candidates utilize the Interne, many of what was found can also be true for other elections. Written in 2007, this … Continue reading

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Ben HalperinWeek 9

Reading Geuorguieva’s and Kreiss’ pieces, in conjunction with each other, was fascinating. The difference in implementation of Internet resources in the election cycle is marked. Geuorguieva’s writing describes how MySpace and YouTube were used, specifically during the 2006 election cycle. … Continue reading

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Ben Halperin Week 8

These two accounts, especially in conjunction with each other, are a fascinating cautionary tale of the Dean campaign. Trippi’s “The Open Source Campaign” describes the campaign’s efforts with blogs and other online resources, especially for attaining contribution goals. The article … Continue reading

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Week 6 Victorian Internet Response

In terms of communication innovations, one could argue that the development of the telegraph was the most instrumental. Communication technologies still widely used today, such as the telephone and the Internet, certainly have their origins in the telegraph. They all … Continue reading

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Ben Halperin, Week 5

In this chapter, Glaisyer discusses the phenomenon of digital political activism. What I found most informative in this chapter is how he separates the phenomenon into open and closed societies. By doing this, readers can truly see the difference between … Continue reading

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Week 4

I found Chapter 1 of Pariser’s “The Filter Bubble” to be extremely informative and interesting. In his explanation of three of the most visited and widely known websites, Amazon, Google and Facebook, he demonstrated how to successfully win (as the … Continue reading

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Week 3; Collective Action

In chapter 7 of Here Comes Everybody, Shirky discusses the organization and execution of collective action. As part of the introduction to the subject, Shirky brings up the German warfare tactic utilized during the Second World War known as Blitzkrieg. … Continue reading

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Ben Halperin’s Post

This week’s articles, Scholz’s Infrastructure: Its Transformation and Effect on Digital Activism and Turner’s “From Counterculture to Cyberculture,” present almost parallel histories of what we would currently recognize as the computer and the internet, respectively. Turner’s article discussed how what … Continue reading

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