Tag Archives: Shirky

Strong and Weak Ties

            Lately, the fight for democracy in several countries has been attributed with the use of social media sites like Twitter. It allows for quick communication and the ability to rally a large group of people … Continue reading

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Political Slacktivism Round 2: Howard Dean

Howard Dean’s political campaign was just short of infallible: he raised a ton of money (mostly online), got people to volunteer for him even though only around a quarter of them learned about the recruiting meetings from peers, and attracted … Continue reading

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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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Dean’s Not-So-Successful Campaign

The readings for this week analyze the deceptive power that the Internet and Web usage played in Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Both Clay Shirky’s and Matthew Hindman’s pieces, particularly, both applaud the Dean campaign’s innovative uses of the Internet … 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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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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Shirky and Trippi

Shirky and Trippi both discuss opposing viewpoints on the success of blogs in the Howard Dean campaign. Trippi was optimistic on the use of blogs, claiming that it was one of the most useful tools of the campaign, while Shirky … Continue reading

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