Category Archives: Weekly Responses

Reduced Barriers to Social Capital

In “Solving Social Dilemmas” of Here Come Everybody, Shirky focuses on social capital, which he defines as habits of cooperation. When the U.S. was experiencing declining social capital, Heiferman noted “people would take steps to increase their communal participation if someone … Continue reading

Posted in Week 3, Winter 2012 | Leave a comment

Are There Problems with Free Collective Action?

“Your corn is ripe today, mine will be so tomorrow. ‘Tis profitable for us both, that I shou’d labour with you to-day and that you should aid me tomorrow.” (David Hume/Reingold 29) In the increasingly interconnected and global Internet age, … Continue reading

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Weak Tweets

The message in these readings is that social media sites are not capable of creating revolution, which seems somewhat kind of obvious after reading them. Anything put up on Twitter or Facebook can be found by the government. It does … Continue reading

Posted in Week 12, Winter 2013 | Leave a comment

Social Networking and Political Campaigns

Online social networking has become a key ingredient in social capital, especially when launching a political campaign to endorse either a political issue or even a political candidate. Facebook and Twitter have become, in the modern era, very influential in … Continue reading

Posted in Week 5, Winter 2013 | 1 Comment

Social Capital and Cyberspace

Social capital, as described by Shirky in Chapter 8, is when people interact together, resulting in more earning potential and happiness. This social capital, in today’s technological society, comes in the form of an alternate reality, cyberspace. And although cyberspace … Continue reading

Posted in Week 3, Winter 2013 | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Fall 2012, Week 5 | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Fall 2012, Week 10 | Leave a comment