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Week 13 question

In the readings this week, social media are highlighted as being crucial in the revolution in the Middle-East especially when conventional media sources, largely abroad, have amplified information that is circulating through Tweets. That the world was watching is also … Continue reading

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Rethinking the conditions that make for a social revolution

In Shirky’s ‘Here Comes Everybody’, he stressed the importance of social media, how it has help foster weak-ties, and he underscored the importance of social media as a key role in bringing about democratic change. While it is easy to … Continue reading

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What are the conditions required for a social revolution?

This essay outlines the four variables that both Snow and Kurzman have underscored as being requisites for social revolutions. It then uses these four variables as a framework to analyze the Iranian Revolution. This essay points out that even though … Continue reading

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Is social media the lynchpin upon which Obama’s victory rested upon?

This essay deal with two issues, it first makes an an attempt to discuss whether the Obama campaign, in taking the campaign online, has aided democracy. Next, it attempts to analyze whether social media was, as Lutz argued, the crucial … Continue reading

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An Undemocratic Medium

Agre points out that there are popular perceptions that the Internet will enhance democracy (in democratic countries). The logic is that the Internet has created a networked society where virtual deliberations occur in Habermasian fora. These optimists regard the Internet … Continue reading

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Misplaced Expectations

In this essay I discuss the reasons that Hindman believes are true about how the Internet can shape the political process. This essay then argue that despite the Internet’s ability to create positive coverage, aid in campaign contribution, and ‘activate’ … Continue reading

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Does social networking site use lead to an engaged, and informed citizenry?

In this post, I argue that the use of the Internet in politics runs contrary to optimists who believe that the Internet will lead to seismic change in politics when citizens are engaged, and might not necessarily lead to an … Continue reading

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