Category Archives: Weekly Responses

A Spring Into Action

The “Arab Spring” has shown how mobilizing new digital technologies and social media sites can be.  “The Role of Digital Media” by Philip N. Howard and Muzammil M. Hussain explains how individuals from North Africa and the Middle East, the … Continue reading

Posted in Week 13 | 4 Comments

Iran: In Need of Resources

The evolution of the internet and social media has proven to be effective in terms of political change in some countries. This change, however, has yet to be seen in Iran, where there is still a great struggle for democracy. … Continue reading

Posted in Week 12, Winter 2012 | Leave a comment

Twitter War

Not all criticism is constructive which is definitely true in the Republicans’ use of Twitter in 2012 to contradict statements Democratic political figures said during speeches.  “Republicans Embrace Twitter Hard for ‘12” by Jennifer Steinhauer points out the differences in … Continue reading

Posted in Week 10 | 1 Comment

You Win Some, You Lose Some

The readings for this week do a great job of explaining the ways in which President Obama used the internet and social media to enhance his campaign and ultimately win the presidency. By comparing these readings to last week’s reading … Continue reading

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Images Can Be Deceiving

Political campaigns have become a lot trickier today with new technologies like the Internet.  Like in the case of Howard Dean, a 2004 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, there was an overwhelming sense that he was going to win … Continue reading

Posted in Week 8 | 5 Comments

A Mind of Our Own

Realizing the Social Internet? Online Social Networking Meets Offline Civic Engagement by Pasek, More, and Romer is a study about social networking sites (SNSs) and how they help or hurt users social capital.  Looking specifically at MySpace and Facebook and … Continue reading

Posted in Week 5 | 5 Comments

Selfish or Supportive?

Nature says as humans we have a tendency toward our own self-interests considering that we are rational beings.  This is according to political philosopher Thomas Hobbes as described by Rheingold in Chapter 2: Technologies of Cooperation.  When it comes to … Continue reading

Posted in Week 3 | 2 Comments