Category Archives: Fall 2012

The Development of Activist Technology

In his article entitled “Political Factors: Digital Activism in Closed and Open Societies,” Tom Glaisyer discusses the role of social media in political and governmental activism. In particular, he touches on the efforts of several regimes and their successes (or … Continue reading

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The Digital Divide and Social Media Content

In a study about political campaigns and their use of social media, Hernson, Stokes-Brown, and Hindman begin by tracing the origins of new technology in campaigns. They explain Howard Dean’s smoke-and-mirror use of technology that eventually exposed his shortcomings as … Continue reading

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The Promise and Pitfalls of Social Media in American Elections

Throughout our readings we have seen how social media can be an effective medium for transmitting messages of social change and involvement. But time and again we have seen that these tools are only vessels for transmitting a message, not … Continue reading

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The Arab Spring and Social Media

The Arab Spring, even with the radical differences between countries as Anderson points out, was largely influenced by social media and networking with available technologies. While reviewing the arguments presented in these readings, Clay Shirky’s idea of collective action should … Continue reading

Posted in Fall 2012, Week 13 | 2 Comments

How the Internet helped – not initiated – the Arab Spring

The ability to rise up and demonstrate is not a new idea, but can be taken to greater depths with improved communication. By looking at the Arab Spring and the various protests that were had, we can see how Shirky’s … Continue reading

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In her article “Demystifying the Arab Spring,” Lisa Anderson describes the false concept that the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East are all connected by similarities. She explains how the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya were all rooted … Continue reading

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Timing Leads to Collective Unrest in the Arab Spring

The spread of information is not a new phenomenon, as Anderson (2011) states when describing how news expands globally. However, the techniques by which the spread occurs has changed recently, and the impact of this new mechanism of sharing information … Continue reading

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