Category Archives: Winter 2013

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

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Emerging Social Media in Political Campaigns

This weeks readings focused largely on the impact that social networking sites have on political campaigns. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama largely employed social media such as Facebook to further his messages to the public (Steinhauer). Obama had a … Continue reading

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The Social Media-ist

The Internet has been, and will increasingly be, an important source for political news for people of all ages. Specifically, social networking sites are becoming more and more critical to both candidates and voters alike. Such sites as YouTube, MySpace, … Continue reading

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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

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The Rise of Technology Culture

Turner’s discussion of the evolution of the personal computer in Taking the Whole World Digital prompts the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg? Was the technological change from governmental and educational based uses of computers to … Continue reading

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An example check-plus post

The early history of computers and the Internet seemed almost predestined to shake up the political landscape.  In comparing Turner’s assessment of hacker culture to what Shirky identifies as the core capabilities offered by new media, we can see a … Continue reading

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