Category Archives: concepts

Debates in Digital Activism: Update

Biz Stone, co-founder and creative director of Twitter Inc., produces a response to Malcolm Gladwell: “Exclusive: Biz Stone on Twitter and Activism” (see the earlier post relevant to this). Everyone is an expert on activism these days, seemingly by virtue … Continue reading

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Wikileaks News Updates

The Congressional Research Service in the U.S. says that the publication by Wikileaks of the Afghan War Diaries is not “criminal.” It was not unlawful to publish the information, according to the report (which can be downloaded from here). The … Continue reading

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Digital Activism versus Traditional Activism

One may suspect that a lot of confusion might be avoided in debates such as those listed at the bottom if those participating in the debates chose to compare like with like. Digital activism is a communication activity. Digital activism … Continue reading

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The Anthropology of Hackers

“The Anthropology of Hackers” is an article in The Atlantic by Gabriella Coleman (anthropologist in media, culture, and communication at NYU), where she essentially takes us through the content and thinking behind her course on hackers, week by week. It … Continue reading

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Interviewed Today on Al Jazeera: Social Media, Soft Power, and American Empire

Al Jazeera Arabic invited me to participate in its hour-long program, In Depth (19 April 2010; 3:00-4:00pm EST), and I was happy to do so via satellite earlier this evening. One of the main topics that I was asked to … Continue reading

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Notes on Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Chs. 8, 9, 10, 11, and Epilogue

From: HERE COMES EVERYBODY The Power of Organizing without Organizations By Clay Shirky London: Penguin, 2008 The notes below are direct transcriptions, except for what appears in square brackets. In the developed world, the experience of the average twenty-five-year-old is … Continue reading

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Notes on Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Chs. 5, 6, and 7

From: HERE COMES EVERYBODY The Power of Organizing without Organizations By Clay Shirky London: Penguin, 2008 The notes below are direct transcriptions, except for what appears in square brackets. Never have so many people been so free to say and … Continue reading

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