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Digital Media and Political Movements

In The Role of Digital Media, Philip Howard and Muzammil Hussain write extensively about the impact of digital media – the Internet, cell phones and social media – on political change in the Middle East. The authors claim that, “using … Continue reading

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Uses of Internet Tools

In Mundane Internet Tools, Mobilizing Practices, and the Coproduction of Citizenship in Political Campaigns, Rasmus Kleis Neilson explains that there are a plethora of Internet tools available that can be used to increase political participation and ultimately the active exercise of citizenship through volunteering … Continue reading

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Howard Dean and Winning the Race

In Existing Deanspace, Shirky gives his readers insight into his perspective on the use of Internet in the Howard Dean Presidential campaign and how its brief success ultimately “dissolved on contact with reality,” (1). Shirky highlights a number of reasons … Continue reading

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Becoming Involved in the Age of Digital Activism

In Digital Activism Decoded, Dave Karpf first discusses whether or not the wide array of tools provided by the Internet actually makes political activism any more successful than it was before the digital revolution. He explains that there are two … Continue reading

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Working Together

In chapter eight of Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky goes deeper into his discussion of groups by explaining the characteristics of groups – “plausible promise, an effective tool and an acceptable bargain,” (260). While the promise drives people to participate … Continue reading

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