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Week 14 – Caitlin Spinweber

This weeks readings were a refreshing outlook on the past few weeks of the course.  Many of our readings have said that social media, Twitter, and Facebook are either instigators of revolutions or are completely uninvolved.  However, this week’s authors … Continue reading

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Week 13 – Spinweber

A common theme in recent readings has been an analysis of social media’s effectiveness.  There are authors that say Twitter is more influential because of the popularity it has built through word of mouth as opposed to actual outcome; there … Continue reading

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Week 12 – Spinweber

This weeks readings looked at social media, specifically Twitter, and asked if these sites were really as influential as they have been portrayed to be.  Morozov and Gladwell both discuss how the perceived influence of these social networking sites is … Continue reading

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Week 11 – Caitlin Spinweber

This weeks readings focused on the social movement and how it relates to revolutions.  There is a typical “theory” to be followed for revolutions according to researchers, theorists, and general “experts” in the field; however, when occurring in reality, revolutions … Continue reading

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Week 10, Caitlin Spinweber

Steinhauer’s article looked the current 2012 presidential race and how Republicans are trying to use social media as a way to differentiate themselves from the democrats.  Using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, Republican candidates have been able to … Continue reading

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Week 9 – Caitlin Spinweber

This weeks readings focused on the new, successful age of Internet campaigning.  How is it that Barak Obama used the Internet and social media to successful win the White House, why was he the most successful to date, etc?  Allison … Continue reading

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Week 8 – Caitlin Spinweber

This weeks readings focused on a practical application of what we have discussed so far this semester.  Howard Dean’s campaign in was a revolution in the campaign world.  Having raised way more money than his opponent John Kerry during the … Continue reading

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Week 7: Cailtin Spinweber

This weeks readings focused on the emerging use of Internet communications for political campaigns.  With the recent explosion of social media, candidates are choosing to broadcast their message on more than just television and newspapers. The Druckman study looked at … Continue reading

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Week 6 (cnspin)

The Katz and Standage readings this week gave interesting topics to discuss.  Standage, talking about The Victorian Internet and the start of our mass communication system, shows how the idea of mass communication came about.  Where processes and tactics were … Continue reading

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Week 5

The Karpf study “Macaca Moments Reconsidered: Electoral Panopticon or Netroots Mobilization?” attempts to show that sites like YouTube and Facebook are not the main political campaign tool and that the organization behind the candidate(s) is still a major player.  Where … Continue reading

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Week 4

Every day people all across the world log on to their computers and pull up the Internet.  Google is one of the most frequently visited sites – no matter what country you’re logging on from.  Whether it is Google in … Continue reading

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Week 3

I was very interested in the collective action versus individual action concept that both Shirky and Rheingold discussed in their writing.  The idea that an individual is more successful than a group was puzzling at first.  However, as the readings … Continue reading

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Week 2

The Scholz reading was a great synopsis of the history of the Internet.  It evolved from just a military-scientific project into what it is today — the average person’s key to survival, with many steps in between.  The section that … Continue reading

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