Author Archives: danicawhitfield

How the Internet helped – not initiated – the Arab Spring

The ability to rise up and demonstrate is not a new idea, but can be taken to greater depths with improved communication. By looking at the Arab Spring and the various protests that were had, we can see how Shirky’s … Continue reading

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How far can a re-Tweet go?

New Internet tools have yet to render the old innovations superfluous, but are they really that much better? Jennifer Steinhauer’s article Republicans Embrace Twitter Hard for ’12 discusses the importance of Twitter and how the Republican presence surged after the 2008 Obama … Continue reading

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Dean’s Internet Campaign and Civic Engagement

The growth of the Internet was predestined to create a revolutionary change in the way we communicate. By looking at the brief success of Dean’s Internet campaign and the tools that were utilized in order to bring about that success … Continue reading

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Collective Action and Social Networking Sites

Collective action can provide more results and better awareness of an issue than no action at all, but does the Social Networking Site where the collective action happens determine its success? By looking at the study done by Josh Pasek, Eian More … Continue reading

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Can a trending topic create a social movement?

Through the growth of technology and communication the inkling of an idea can become a full-scale movement. By looking at Shirky’s earlier discussions on communications and broadcast media, and later discussions of promise, tool, and bargain we can see how … Continue reading

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