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Digital Scaffolding

Howard writes that new information and communication technologies contributed a great deal to the Arab Spring. He also notes that there is a connection between the most developed countries involved on social media and how dramatic the protests were. In … Continue reading

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Web Campaigns

In examining the campaign of Howard Dean in this week’s readings by Shirky and Joe Trippi, we find that Dean’s push toward utilizing the Internet in his campaign sparked a shift toward online candidacies. These two authors differ in their … Continue reading

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Week 5: Digital Campaigns and Social Activism

When is the situation most conducive to success by digital campaigns which utilize social media? This is the question that Karpf attempts to tackle in this week’s reading. In our digital world, Karpf seems to think that no figure is … Continue reading

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Week 3: Groupthink and Social networking

Collaboration is crucial in order to realize the fullest potential of the “new web.” That seems to be Shirky’s thesis in this week’s reading. Never have groups in our society held the power that they do now. And social networks … Continue reading

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