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About caitlinesmith

Student at the University of Michigan.

Week 14: A Look into the Future

Judging the impact of emerging communications tools on political and social behavior thus far in history is quite the difficult task. But determining their future role in the realm of communications media is an even fuzzier debate. And in this … Continue reading

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Week 13 Question

Jeremy Kinsman lists ten rules to revolutionary success in his article; one of which states: “There is no singltemplate for democracy. Each trajectory is different, pending on traditions and state readiness (43).” How does this apply to the varying cases … Continue reading

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Week 12: The Iranian Twitter Revolution

According to Howard, “Iran has one of the world’s most vibrant social media communities and the most concentrated broadcast media system in the Muslim world.” But the general consensus of this week’s reading is that the so-called Twitter Revolution in … Continue reading

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Week 11: A Context for Social Movements

Amidst a plethora of pessimistic views on the social and political influence of the Internet and new media tools, this week’s authors come into play on a rather lighthearted and upbeat note. In fact, Philip Howard goes as far as … Continue reading

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Campaign Influence in Lower-Level Politics

President Barack Obama and his devout staffers clearly utilized the Internet and social media tools effectively by weaving online technology into the heart of his presidential campaign. In fact, there are several lessons that can be taken away from the … Continue reading

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Obama’s online campaign took different approach to technology than Dean

Howard Dean may have been the first presidential contender to utilize the Internet and social media websites as a campaign strategy, but President Barack Obama is arguably the first to successfully implement such tools. The downfall of Dean’s online campaign was the … Continue reading

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Dean’s Online Campaign and False Sense of Success

Howard Dean was one of the first presidential contenders to successfully create an online campaign, specifically in terms of interactive media. But, despite the predictions of election pollsters, Dean lost the race. The readings by Shirky and Hindman attribute the … Continue reading

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