Category Archives: Weekly Responses

How Do We Measure Success of Dean’s Campaign?

Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004 was a completely novel and used open source campaigning to help promote awareness and fundraising. Unfortunately, this did not translate to votes in the primaries. Trippi explains how the campaigns use of blogs and … Continue reading

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Would online support vs. in reality smell as sweet?

In the 2004 Presidential Election, Howard Dean was an early standout with an enormous amount of supporters. According to many political scientists, his campaign was special because of its presence being predominantly online. His use of the Web to organize, … Continue reading

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Is the Internet a liberal playground?

Generally speaking, liberals are forward thinking and constantly seeking change. Conservatives tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to new technology. In my experience, liberal thinkers are often on the Apple line when the new iPhone … Continue reading

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Dean Campaign: Should candidates stick to traditional campaign styles?

In Here Comes Everybody, Shirky theorizes about how “[w]e now have communications that are flexible enough to match our social capabilities, and we are witnessing the rise of new ways of coordinating action that take advantage of that change”  (20).  … Continue reading

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Does Howard Dean Create the Democratic Strategy for Digital Campaigning?

Hindman highlights the contributions that Howard Dean’s digital campaign brought to political science views on primary campaigns in his article, The Real Lessons of Howard Dean. Earlier research by Glaiser indicated that strategical measurements hold more importance in political campaigning … Continue reading

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Dean’s Internet Strategy

In Hindman’s The Real Lessons of Howard Dean, the author looks to explore the ways in which former presidential candidate Howard Dean was able to create such a successful campaign in 2004. Hindman is quick to highlight the fact that … Continue reading

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The Success of the Dean Campaign

As evident in the Hindman article The Real Lessons of Howard Dean: Reflections on the First Digital Campaign, the rise of the Internet began to play an important role in political campaigns, and this importance is highlighted through the first … Continue reading

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A Look at Dean’s Online Campaign

In Exiting Deanspace, Clay Shirky offers various reasons for why Governor Dean’s campaign failed despite its extreme, but brief, success. Frist, he claims that the novelty and innovativeness of the campaign garnered a lot of press coverage which gave him … Continue reading

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Dean’s Tactically Ran Campaign

Howard Dean’s campaign for the Democratic nominee in the 2004 presidential campaign marks the start of studying how Internet can be used in political campaigns (Hindman p.127).  Dean’s campaign introduced this method of an interactive website by allowing user generated … Continue reading

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The Telegraph and The Internet

In the reading, The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-line Pioneers Standage discusses the history of the telegraph, including the failures and successes. The telegraph was able to connect the world in a way … Continue reading

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A Sea of Change

The telegraph could be, as primitive as it may be, the most important development to mass communication ever. The telegraph allowed communication to occur for the first time without the help of transportation. Despite the obvious differences between the telegraph … Continue reading

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Social Networking Sites’ Influence on Social Capital

While reading the study by Pasek, More, and Romer, Realizing the Social Internet? Online Social Network Meets Offline Social Capital, I kept thinking of the Uses and Gratification Theory, which states that individuals do not just passively consume media, but … Continue reading

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Online Political Activism: Effective or Not?

In the article, “Measuring the Success of Digital Campaigns” Karpf discusses the tactical and strategic measurements of success with political activism online. Karpf argues that strategic measurements, or qualitative measurements, are better indicators, because they measure the overall quality of … Continue reading

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Groupthink on Social Networking Sites

In his book Here Comes Everybody, Shirky theorizes that increased Internet use leads to a greater social capital and collective action. With the increased prevalence of social networking sites, many wondered how this new ability to access instant information at … Continue reading

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Differences after the Growth of Facebook and Twitter

The readings this week focus on if social media use promotes a democracy by encouraging social capital and about being strategically successful for new activist campaigns.  Social capital can be evaluated by the amount of civic participation, political knowledge and … Continue reading

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Social Networking Sites and User Engagement

In “Realizing the Social Internet? Online Social Networking Meets Offline Civic Engagement.” Pase, More, and Romer studied online social networking sites, Myspace and Facebook, to see if these sites facilitated or hindered social capital (1).  Before reading the study, I … Continue reading

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SNSs and Social Capital

Many debate whether or not social networking sites encourage social capital or hider it. In the study conducted by Pasek, More, and Romer Realizing the Social Internet? Online Social Network Meets Offline Social Capital, they concluded that the influence of … Continue reading

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The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring

In Measuring the Success of Digital Campaigns David Karpf describes what makes a digital campaign successful. He outlines two different ways to assess a campaign—tactical and strategic measures. Tactical metric is when you measure the raw number of traffic a … Continue reading

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Week 4: Personalized Content and the Internet

The readings this week examine how the Internet as evolved into a tool of personalization. An environment that allows users to see news, advertisements, etc. that are personalized to their interests. While some may view this technology advancement as positive, … Continue reading

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From Open Access to Profit Margins

Eli Paiser’s The Filter Bubble outlines the complex algorithms and systems with determine the content users see on the internet. From Google’s PageRank which decides if you’ll see Seal the singer or a seal cub, to Facebook’s Edgerank which number … Continue reading

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Say Hello to My Little Friends: Mobs and Social Capital

Unattached to a preceding term, a mob simply refers to a group of people, stemming from the Latin term mobile vulgus meaning fickle commoners. Coining the two-part term, “smart mob” Howard Rheingold investigates how a mob can act intelligently and … Continue reading

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Changing Social Capital and Collective Action

Shirky discusses the necessary complex interaction of a promise, tool, and bargain with the users in order for a group to be successful. The promise must offer a more valuable lifestyle in some way than he or she currently leads … Continue reading

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Week 3: The Absence of Social Pressure

This morning on Ellen, I saw the perfect example of one of the main points of discussion for Clay Shirky’s “Here Comes Everybody”.  Shirky explains that group formation has become easier and faster with the use of new media today.

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The Problem of Collective Action

In Technologies of Cooperation, Rheingold summarizes the Collective Action dilemma as a situation where everyone in a group will benefit from participating in a certain action, but no one individually wants to take any action to achieve the results. Therefore, … Continue reading

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Counterculture of Convenience

The counterculture of the late 1960’s is credited as being a major contributor in the rise of the computer and new media landscape. The computer blossoming into a device that can be used by everyday Americans gave it a sense … Continue reading

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Technological Progress and Collective Action

Even from the field’s earliest days, developments in computer science have served to increase cooperation and shared knowledge. This week’s Turner reading discussed the influence of the commune lifestyle on early computer scientists. They were influenced by the spirit of … Continue reading

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Week 2: Turner and Shirky

In Counterculture to Cyberculture, Turner discusses the evolution of computers and technology from the 1940’s-1980’s. He describes how the technology has changed from primarily Governmental/military use during World War 2 to the beginning of individual use in 1984 when Apple … Continue reading

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Week 13

Kinsman’s structure of revolutions into two parts, revolt and rebuilding, is apt to describe the Arab Spring. He states, “Democracy can neither be exported nor imported…It needs to emerge from within, to be authentic and enduring” (Kinsman, 42). This goes … Continue reading

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Week 10

This week’s reading focuses on Internet tools that are utilized to create effective campaigns. However, different from what has been previously discussed, the articles from this week do not highlight “emerging tools”, such as social networking sites, as the most … Continue reading

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Nothing but the Numbers – Week 10

Today’s political candidates seem to be entirely set on winning the vote and the tactical ways in which to achieve that strategy. Politics is losing sight of the issues it stands for and instead worrying itself only with the visibility … Continue reading

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