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Importance of Digital Media in the Arab Spring

In Demystifying the Arab Spring by Lisa Anderson, she argues that social media was not a critical factor in the uprisings in the Arab Spring. Rather she believes that each revolt was unique and thus the more important factor to … Continue reading

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Which Internet Tools are the Most Effective?

There are many aspects of the Internet available to candidates to use in their campaign to mobilize voters. In “Mundane Internet Tools, Mobilizing Practices, and the Coproduction of Citizenship in Political Campaigns,” Nielsen categorizes these tools into three categories: mundane … Continue reading

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Howard Dean’s Movement

The Internet provides many new tools that are available to political campaigns to engage and attract voters. By using things such as blogs, meet up, and online fund-raising, Dean provided citizens with a way to express their ideas and connect … Continue reading

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Digital Campaigning Platforms

In Measuring the Success of Digital Campaigns, David Karpf acknowledges that there are many more sites available on the Internet for users to express their ideas and engage in activist campaigns however, he questions whether these “platforms make our attempts … Continue reading

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Reduced Barriers to Social Capital

In “Solving Social Dilemmas” of Here Come Everybody, Shirky focuses on social capital, which he defines as habits of cooperation. When the U.S. was experiencing declining social capital, Heiferman noted “people would take steps to increase their communal participation if someone … Continue reading

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