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The Importance of “Social Influencers”

One common thread I found most interesting, mentioned by both Tufekci & Wilson, and Howard & Hussain, was about the importance of early adopters and social influencers in the process of “igniting” a social revolution in Egypt, specifically. Both sets … Continue reading

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The “Insta-Tweet” as an Emerging Tool of Political Communication

Ever heard the question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it even make a sound?” How about the question, “If a Republican House Representative tweets but only reaches a small … Continue reading

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Social Movement vs. Political Campaign?

What really differentiates a social movement from a political campaign? Is there even a difference? In this week’s reading, both Trippi and Shirky discussed how the Dean for America campaign struggled with defining its role as one or a combination … Continue reading

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Week 5—Placing Twitter in the Conversation

In this week’s reading, Karpf argues that the “tools” the Internet and social media offer its users may “only make the measurement of success [in activism] that much more difficult” (151). He separates the measurement of digital media’s impact on … Continue reading

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Week 3, The Future of Face-Face Social Interaction

In this week’s reading of Here Comes Everybody, Shirky discusses the complexity of “social dilemmas” when considering the burden and challenges of collective action. In doing so, he breaks down collective action into the fundamental building blocks of generating social … Continue reading

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