Author Archives: Sophia Lief

Week 14 – Cohn/Morozov

For this week, our assigned author’s take a step back and attempt to analyze the role that social media played in the Arab world throughout 2009-2011 and their associated revolutions, along with the role that social media is expected to … Continue reading

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Week 12 – Gladwell/Morozov

Howard, Morozov and Gladwell each take a different lens and stance on the role of Twitter in “Iran’s Twitter Revolution” and extrapolate these findings to the larger Islamic society. After reading these three authors and internalizing their arguments, I contend … Continue reading

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Week 9 – Slotnick/Lutz (Edelman)

All of the readings for this week’s set of lectures focus on Obama’s initial 2008 presidential campaign and the way it paved a revolutionary path for candidates that attempt to integrate social media into their candidacy. I noticed that I … Continue reading

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Week 7 – Barlow/Druckman et. al

While Barlow took on a more revolution-inspiring tone as the piece gave a voice to cyberspace, Druckman and his colleagues took the readers through a history of the relationship between candidates and Web technology. After reading these pieces, I argue … Continue reading

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Week 5 – Pasek/Karpf

In Karpf’s piece, he compares tactical versus strategic level of measuring success in relation to ¬†online political activism that is demonstrated through popular applications such as blogs, videos and social networking sites (SNSs). The author elaborates on many present-day examples … Continue reading

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Week 3 – Shirky/Rheingold

Both the Shirky chapters and the Rheingold excerpts discuss the relationship between the Internet and its related technologies, and the users themselves. Frequent contribution from a diverse group of users has created a plethora of available information that centers around … Continue reading

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