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Contradictions in Today’s Social Media Use

In this week’s readings, there seemed to be some important contradictory opinions in terms of the importance of social media. In the Gladwell reading, an important idea is brought up when asking, “Does Egypt Need Twitter?”. When first starting this … Continue reading

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Iran: In Need of Resources

The evolution of the internet and social media has proven to be effective in terms of political change in some countries. This change, however, has yet to be seen in Iran, where there is still a great struggle for democracy. … Continue reading

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

The readings for this week do a great job of explaining the ways in which President Obama used the internet and social media to enhance his campaign and ultimately win the presidency. By comparing these readings to last week’s reading … Continue reading

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From Telegraph to Technical Difficulties

The readings for this week took us back in time to the 1800s, when new technology was being developed to connect people across the globe. I would like to question, however, what are the downsides of being able to communicate … Continue reading

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Taking the positive from Slacktivism and The Filter Bubble.

In this week’s readings on Slacktivism and The Filter Bubble, there were many interesting ideas and arguments on internet participation and democracy. Morozov makes an interesting point in saying that the online tools that we have are driving us away … Continue reading

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