Category Archives: Fall 2012

The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring

In The Role of Digital Media, Philip Howard and Muzammil Hussain discuss the impacts of social media on the uprisings in the Middle East. Echoing Shirky, they believe that new technology has facilitated the democratization of underdeveloped countries. Digital tools … Continue reading

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Social Media, Democracy, and the Arab Spring

This weeks readings discuss the role that social media played in aiding in democracy in the Arab Spring. Howard’s article, “The Upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia: The Role of Digital Media,” delves into the ways in which digital media played … Continue reading

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Pushing Weak Ties to the Side

The readings this week continued to build on the issue of how much social media helped in the Arab Spring.   While the readings last week centered around the use of Twitter in “Iran’s Twitter Revolution,” this week’s focus is on … Continue reading

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Revolution and Limits on the Twitterverse

This week’s reading focuses on Iran’s 2009 protests and the role played by social media. Howard’s article examines the role of social media and questions its actual ability to effect change. Social and mobile media have played major roles in … Continue reading

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Social activism through Twitter

The idea of new technology and globalization leading to world peace is not a new concept. The creators and investors in the telegraph thought that the new technology would ultimately lead to understanding between cultures and people. While this was … Continue reading

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Do Emerging Tools Increase Votes?

It is easy to think that because the Internet is has demolished transaction costs, less broad campaigns like those for lower-elected officials could utilize emerging Internet tools to increase political mobilization in their favor. Many political campaigns are excited about … Continue reading

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Are Web Firms Like Blue State Digital a New Political Necessity?

While many researchers focus on which candidates and how candidates use social media in their campaigns, it is more important to look behind the scenes at how companies like Blue State Digital are affecting political campaigns. Scola says Blue State … Continue reading

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