Digital Activism Decoded: The New Mechanics of Change

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IDEA, 2010 - Political Science - 228 pages
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The media have recently been abuzz with cases of citizens around the world using digital technologies to push for social and political change-from the use of Twitter to amplify protests in Iran and Moldova to the thousands of American nonprofits creating Facebook accounts in the hopes of luring supporters. These stories have been published, discussed, extolled, and derided, but the underlying mechanics of this practice of digital activism are little understood. This new field, its dynamics, practices, misconceptions, and possible futures are presented together for the first time in Digital Activism Decoded.
 

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Contents

Part l Contexts The Digital Activism Environment
15
Picking the Right One in a Transient World
33
The Power of Mobile Phones
47
The Digital Activism Divide
73
Part In Practices Digital Actions in the Aggregate
99
The Web Ecology Perspective
119
The DoubleEdged Sword of Digital Tactics
139
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
181
Building the Future of Digital Activism
209
Glossary
217
About the Authors
223
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