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Week 13 Question

We have previously looked at the prevalence of Twitter in the Iranian revolutions. Some authors asserted that its influence was overstated while others deemed these revolutions to be modern because of the use of social media. The authors for this … Continue reading

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Week 12-Twitter’s impact

Both authors for this week discuss the commons misperceptions of the Iranian revolution in 2009. We have previously read about the revolution and the significant impact that Twitter had in unifying protestors. The Iranian Revolution, we read, was the first … Continue reading

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week 11 response

In his article, Kurtzman focus on the influencing factors that motivate protestors to action and the likelihood of success. In Chapter 3 of The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, Howard discusses the concepts that allow the Internet to support … Continue reading

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week 10–connections between blue state digital and the Obama campaign?

This week’s articles focus on the use of the Internet in reaching and communicating with users in new ways that will influence their participation. I was particularly interested in blue state digital’s overview of their strategy of reaching the public. … Continue reading

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Week 9

  This week’s readings focus on the relatively recent surge of power that the Internet is assuming in political campaigns. In particular, social networking sites are becoming more and more important for candidates to reach people. Both Slotnick and Geuorguieva … Continue reading

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Week 8 response

This week’s readings focus on the controversial Howard Dean campaign. This campaign shocked people across the country who were perplexed by his eventual defeat by Kerry in the Democratic race. Shirky and Hindman both take in depth looks at Dean’s online … Continue reading

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week 7

Both Druckman’s and Bimber and Davis’s readings for this week focus on the role of the Internet in political campaigns. As time has progressed and the Internet has taken on a potent role in society, candidates have recognized the importance … Continue reading

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