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Week 14 (Late)

In this week’s readings, our 5 authors posit questions about the role of social media and technology in recent movements in the Arab Spring. Taking them together as a whole, I’ve reached the conclusion that while social media may be … Continue reading

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Week 9

While last week’s readings discussed Dean’s innovative use of web tools like blogs and email, this week’s readings about the 2008 election focus more on social media as we know it today, involving sites like Myspace, Facebook, and YouTube. Although … Continue reading

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Week 7

This week’s readings by Bimber and Druckman focus on the development of campaign websites for political candidates. They argue that website strategy changes with every election year to reflect changes in technology, but that the original motivation behind producing a … Continue reading

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Week 5

While most of our authors so far have regarded the Internet as a tool that could revolutionize political participation, this week’s readings started to suggest some limitations. In Dave Karpf’s “Measuring the Success of Digital Campaigns,” for example, he proposes … Continue reading

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Week Three

In Chapter 8, Shirky discussed how social dilemmas in the real world can create different challenges online. He begins by discussing the importance of social capital – the notion of helping out your neighbor under the assumption that he’ll help … Continue reading

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