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Week 13

A common thread throughout our readings on the Arab Spring is the idea of each movement as organic and specific. Kinsman talks about this by saying that democracy can’t be imported or exported while Haas talks about it by saying … Continue reading

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Week 8

In his article, Hindman considers how a campaign like Dean’s which started out so well could have ended so badly. He suggests that a lot of pre-internet political logic applies in explaining his initial, ostensible success. For example, in the … Continue reading

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Week 6

This week’s readings addressed the way that technology changes political and social communication. In the Standage readings, each new development was generally considered to be life-changing, with people throwing parades and doing gun salutes for the trans-Atlantic cable. I thought … Continue reading

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week 4

While Morozov makes a lot of good points and uses a lot of information to back up his argument that the internet is depoliticizing the masses, his view of internet consumption results mostly from his opinion that democracy is universally … Continue reading

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Week 2

In his article about the relationship between personal computing and countercultural movements, Turner suggests that the two ideas are linked but that other factors, such as military research, also contributed to the development of the kind of laptops and desktops … Continue reading

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