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Week 15 The Finale

As I sit here writing my last blog, I am here to discuss about my perspective on the Internet’s future and hopes for the new media landscape my generation has immersed themselves predominantly ran by the Internet. Like Joe Trippi … Continue reading

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Week 14

The authors this week had very compelling, yet mixed arguments. Hindman advocates that infrastructure matters. Cohn suggests that the U.S. government should be involved in social media to make them more available. Hindman argues that there is a distinction on … Continue reading

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Week 14

Many scholars today have questioned the fate of social movements to occur in the future and their turnout. With the introduction of social media, it has been up for debate as to whether this communications outlet has revolutionized the way … Continue reading

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Week 14 – Future Social Movements

The Cohn article discusses the State Departments decision to abandon the America.gov project in order to devote more time to promoting social media sites instead such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The author presents a reasoning theory which we are … Continue reading

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Week 14

The Abdo piece looks at American support during the attempted Iranian revolution in 2009.  Abdo points out that America did not back this revolution and, “In the end, the state cracked down, the protestors lost momentum, and the movement failed.” … Continue reading

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Week 14

The readings for this week are outlining how the international community, specifically the American government could impact the change to democracy abroad. Cohn is bringing attention to the fact that America.gov is deciding to channel its efforts to various social … Continue reading

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Week 14 – Caitlin Spinweber

This weeks readings were a refreshing outlook on the past few weeks of the course.  Many of our readings have said that social media, Twitter, and Facebook are either instigators of revolutions or are completely uninvolved.  However, this week’s authors … Continue reading

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Week 14: Cody Patton

This week’s readings by Cohn and Abdo focus on how the Internet can be used for political change, and how governments are using social media to reach citizens. Cohn discusses how the government is looking for a more engaging strategy to … Continue reading

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Week 14 Ben Halperin

Cohn and Abdo provide a unique contrast in how governments utilize or control the Internet and social media. Cohn notes the government’s shift away from America.gov to a “‘more proactive’ Web engagement strategy” (Cohn). They describe that their new strategy … Continue reading

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Week 14 – Emily Thibodeau

Both Cohn and Abdo explore American international politics.  Cohn’s news article “State Department Shifts Resources to Social Media” discusses how the white house abandoned america.gov in favor of reaching out to the people via social media.  Projects such as the … Continue reading

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Week 14

In this weeks readings, Cohn and Hindman talk about the effects of internet on politics. As the internet continues to develop the role that it plays in politics continues to change, and governments and politicians must continually adapt as it … Continue reading

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Week 14

In Hindman’s chapter, he discusses how the invention of Mosaic changed the Internet as the world’s first graphical web browser.  Mosaic made the web a medium that anyone could navigate and transformed it from a place mainly for techies and … Continue reading

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Week 14

Intro / Claim: I assert when evaluating Cohn’s optimistic view and Gladwell’s pessimistic argument of the effects of the Internet and SNS’s role in information distribution and activism in light of Dean’s and Obama’s political campaign, there is indeed support … Continue reading

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Jamie Schwarz: Week 14

I’m going to go out on a limb with my argument this week because honestly I feel very confused by all of the material that we have had to read throughout this course. One author tells us that social networking … Continue reading

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Week 14 Response

Social media websites have garnered a lot of attention for playing a part in facilitating protests both in the United States and abroad. In the U.S., the “Occupy” movements have gained steam through social media channels, and protests in countries … Continue reading

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Week 14. The Future of the Internet

The future of the Internet is unknown. Many theorists propose what they think will happen with the Internet. In both the article by Cohn and the reading by Hindman, the authors discuss the importance of tracking information that is being … Continue reading

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Week 14 – Drew Daniel

In the Cohn reading reading it talks about how the State Department had abandoned its previous project of America.gov and has shifted its efforts and resources towards social media projects. The American government has realized that the new paradigm means … Continue reading

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Week 14

Throughout this semester, we have been reading about whether or not the Internet is useful and revolutionary in the political scope. As unclear as the use of the Internet in past revolutions and electoral processes in creating mobilization of people, … Continue reading

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Week 14- The Potential of the Internet’s Influence on Politics

While we have studied the initial impacts of the Internet on politics, there has been a lot of changes to the way the Internet is utilized in recent years. While Hindman notes that there has been a decrease in the … Continue reading

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Week 14 Response- Sam Moon

This week’s readings focus on the use of new media in politics. The article “State Department shifts digital resources to social media” by Alicia Cohn says that the State Department has shifted away from traditional web sites such as America.gov … Continue reading

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Week 14 Karen Saukas

The Internet does not offer the utopia of equality that some believed in would in regard to politics.  Resulting from the structure of the Internet what is seen and who is heard online is still very much a hierarchy.  Although … Continue reading

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Week 14: A Look into the Future

Judging the impact of emerging communications tools on political and social behavior thus far in history is quite the difficult task. But determining their future role in the realm of communications media is an even fuzzier debate. And in this … Continue reading

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Patrick Nolan Week 14

At first, this week’s readings don’t seem to be well connected or centered around one particular theme. That being said, the ideas presented can all come together to represent viewpoints in the same conversation.  A main question that arises from … Continue reading

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Week 13 Question

“Strong ties convinced friends and family to join the demonstration; the more abundant and diverse weak ties bridged communities and spread the news widely even in the face of government manipulation of mass media and shutdown of the internet and … Continue reading

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Week 13

Zhou et al. points out that the influence of social media during the Egyptian revolution should not be overestimated. He also points out that only one fifth of Egyptians got their news from social media. My question is, what do … Continue reading

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Week 13 – Spinweber

A common theme in recent readings has been an analysis of social media’s effectiveness.  There are authors that say Twitter is more influential because of the popularity it has built through word of mouth as opposed to actual outcome; there … Continue reading

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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 13 Question

The articles by Zhou, et al. and Kinsman both describe uprisings, especially in the Middle East. Additionally, both articles discuss the potential impact of these technologies. In each case, the importance of these social technologies in causing or advancing the … Continue reading

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Week 13

This weeks readings focused on the use of Twitter in the Arab Spring, do you think that Twitter was actually that powerful when it came to these revolutions? How was the Arab Spring able to overcome the weak ties that … Continue reading

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Week 13 Question

In the past we have discussed the notion that social media’s role in movements is overstated based in part on the idea that movements are nothing new. Do you think this is the case with the uprisings in the Arab … Continue reading

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