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Week 14

Intro / Claim: I assert when evaluating Cohn’s optimistic view and Gladwell’s pessimistic argument of the effects of the Internet and SNS’s role in information distribution and activism in light of Dean’s and Obama’s political campaign, there is indeed support … Continue reading

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week 13

“Social media” is such a broad term to describe many tools, including but not limited to SMS, Twitter, and Facebook.  While each author has a differing opinion on the degree that social media played a role in the activism in … Continue reading

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week 12

Introduction Gladwell and Morozov explore the role of Twitter and social media generally in several revolutions, with a particular focus on Iran.    Both point out a plethora of weakness stemming from activism carried out via social media tools.  Thus, a … Continue reading

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Week 11

Introduction Based on the learning gathered from Kurtzman’s “Structural Opportunity and Perceived Opportunity in Social-Movement Theory: The Iranian Revolution of 1979” and Snow’s “Social Networks and Social Movements: A Microstructural Approach to Differential Recruitment,” I assert many people join and … Continue reading

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Week 10

Intro / claim: Based on the learning’s gathered from the Lutz and Steinhauer articles, I assert that whether political campaign social media strategies are elaborate or bleak, they essentially equate to little if they fail to effectively generate and engage … Continue reading

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Week 9

As learned last week, Howard Dean was the first to implement the Internet / social media tools in his political campaign.  On the other hand, Obama was the first to begin to understand the medium more comprehensively, and skillfully navigate … Continue reading

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Week 8

After reading Trippi and Shirky and weighing the suggestions made by each author, I question whether there are different uses for blogs (inherently biased conversational tools, as suggested by Shirky, and yet a tool that carries the promise of political … Continue reading

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