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Week 14

In Hindman’s chapter, he discusses how the invention of Mosaic changed the Internet as the world’s first graphical web browser.  Mosaic made the web a medium that anyone could navigate and transformed it from a place mainly for techies and … Continue reading

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Week 13

This weeks readings discuss Twitters role in spreading information about the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions.  How do you use Twitter? Do you use it to follow news sources and spread information or purely to follow friends? Do you feel like … Continue reading

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Week 12 Post

Although social media, including blogs, Twitter, and Facebook have been tools used in protests, they are just that, tools, and are in ways, a shortcut.  Gladwell’s article in the New Yorker discusses protests about the unequal treatment of African Americans … Continue reading

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Week 11 Response

This weeks readings look at social movements, recruiting, and who is likely to take part in these movements.  Kurzman looks at those who participate in protests.  He discusses Tocquevillean analyses which looked at cases in which structural opportunities coincide with … Continue reading

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Week 10 Post

Although mundane internet tools are an important part of the political campaign process, social networking tools are of equal, if not more importance.  Rasmus Nielson however, argues that when it comes to mobilization, mundane internet tools such as email and … Continue reading

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Week 9 Response

The use of the Internet by political campaigns can result in increased political culture as well as the production of things such as professional media outlets and civil society organizations.  Kreiss’ article looks at the new media messaging practices of … Continue reading

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Week 8 Response

The readings this week looked at the campaign of Howard Dean and his use of the Internet to organize and raise money for his campaign and his eventual failure.  He gained recognition and attention through this although he started out … Continue reading

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