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Week 15 The Finale

As I sit here writing my last blog, I am here to discuss about my perspective on the Internet’s future and hopes for the new media landscape my generation has immersed themselves predominantly ran by the Internet. Like Joe Trippi … Continue reading

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Week 14

Many scholars today have questioned the fate of social movements to occur in the future and their turnout. With the introduction of social media, it has been up for debate as to whether this communications outlet has revolutionized the way … Continue reading

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Week 13

There has been mixed criticism as to whether Twitter and other social networking sites such as Facebook served as a fundamental element into the success of the continuous revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa that culminated the Arab … Continue reading

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Is the Twitter Revolution merely hyped up by the press or real ?

Political scholars Evgeny Morozov and Malcolm Gladwell have thoroughly analyzed the use of Twitter in recent revolutions to see whether in fact this medium is as effective in provoking citizens to become more socially active or if it is a … Continue reading

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Critical Mass Theory…the real cause behind revolutions and such?

Over the years, scholars have analyzed and researched how particular revolutions become so successful. Although most revolutions differ in how they came to be and their resulting outcomes, there is one common factor that most share…. support by the critical mass. … Continue reading

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Does Hernson’s hypothesized digital divide create political inequality?

The Internet has become the medium of choice for electoral candidates as demonstrated in both Lutz’s article and Blue Stage’s online strategies for its various clients, including the Obama campaign. Lutz describes how unlike former candidates who used the Internet … Continue reading

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Week 9

Today’s topic of debate focuses on the question of how effective the Internet’s role has become in engaging young voters in political activities, specifically voting. Ever since politicians begun to utilize the Internet in their political campaign, this medium has … Continue reading

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Did the Internet help or hinder Howard Dean’s Campaign in 2004?

In 2004, Howard Dean was virtually unknown to many prior to the presidential campaign, yet drastically moved up the political spectrum and became the Democratic front-runner. Unfortunately, Dean eventually lost to Senator John Kerry. What distinguishes Dean from his other … Continue reading

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Candidates Use of the Internet: Democratic or Deceiving?

Since the age of the Founding Fathers, presidential candidates have adapted to the various technologies available in order to target voters. From newspapers, radio, television and the Internet, Bimber and Davis demonstrate in their article “The Evolution of Candidate Communication” … Continue reading

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Week 6

Scholars today note that since the 1800’s the means of communication scholars has evolved tremendously. From the telephone to broadcast television, technologies have continuously developed and upgraded to surpass their successors in all aspects. However, in retrospect has media technology … Continue reading

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Week 5

Since the Muckraker era of journalism, political scandals have always been a newsworthy topic of interest to cover in all forms of media.  Due to novel forms of technology over the years, scandals that may have been played down in … Continue reading

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Censorship: Beneficial to Democracies?

  Up until these past readings, I have always questioned the need for censorship on the Internet, specifically in the U.S., minus serial killers via Craig’s List, rapists, terrorists and such. The internet has been perceived by many including myself … Continue reading

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Week 3

Over the years, collective action has become revolutionized due to the introduction of various technologies, specifically the internet and mobile devices, as analayzed by Shirky and Rheingold. Throughout history, specifically during times of conflict, people have united together in masses … Continue reading

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