Tag Archives: social media

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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Chávez and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela in Twitter

Hopefully some academic(s) will write papers or books about how the Venezuelan governing party has made effective and sophisticated use of social media, in a way that is probably quite distinctive outside of the U.S. Besides Chávez’s blog, and very … 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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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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Social media and the myth of techno-utopia

TV Ontario, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, aired this episode on 24 February 2010, featuring debate around issues of cyber activism, digital resistance, and authoritarianism. more about “Social media and the myth of techno-utopia“, posted with vodpod

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This Failed Revolution, Powered by Twitter: Revisiting the Recurring Themes of the Moldova Twitter Revolution, and Raising Some New Doubts

Will we remember the events that are now unfolding in Chisinau not by the color of the flags but by the social-networking technology used? — Evgeny Morozov, “Moldova’s Twitter Revolution,” April 7, 2009 Reviewing a sample of ten articles on … Continue reading

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Clay Shirky: 15 Points on the Web Revolution in Social Collaboration and Political Communication

Having viewed Clay Shirky’s presentation, “Protest Culture — Ad Hoc vs Institutional, and What it Means,” for which we had insufficient time in the seminar to critically discuss it, I decided to list what struck me as his “key points” … Continue reading

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