Author Archives: Matt M

Social Media: All Its Cracked Up To Be?

In the academic research on social movements there are many differing opinions on how effective social media websites such as Twitter are at mobilizing people and creating revolutions for change. Some feel that social media sites excel at bringing people … Continue reading

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Managing the Internet in Elections

Throughout or generation the Internet has become an increasingly powerful tool. Today it allows users from all over the world to publish content and create online networks with people with similar interests. As the rise of the Internet really hit … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Change

In the the chapters that we read this week from Standage’s, Victorian Internet, he describes the creation of the transatlantic telegraph which connected the United States and Europe to be regarded as one of the “greatest event(s) in the present … Continue reading

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Information Theft?

I found both the readings from Eli Praiser’s The Filter Bubble and Morozov’s The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom to be quite interesting and insightful. In The Filter Bubble, Eli Praiser described how the likes of Jeff … Continue reading

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Hackers: Cultural Rebels and the Information Age

Prior to reading From Counterculture to Cyberculture by Turner I really didn’t have a clue on how social media emerged to become the huge presence today that it is in almost everyone’s lives. As I constantly check my e-mail and … Continue reading

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