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In the readings from Twitter and Tear Gas, Tufekci describes the ways that newer

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In the readings from Twitter and Tear Gas, Tufekci describes the ways that newer technologies afford behaviors that activists capitalize on to accomplish the work of social movements. Specifically she says, “Activists used these technologies in sundry notable ways: organizing, breaking censorship, publicizing, and coordinating. Older technologies would not have afforded them the same options and would likely have caused their movements to have different trajectories. Technology influences and structures possible outcomes of human action, but it does so in complex ways and never as a single, omnipotent actor—neither is it weak, nor totally subject to human desires.”
Take the material we’ve covered in the last few weeks into consideration as well as your own exploration of social media platforms during the completion of the Campaign Project assignment:
What creative/strategic uses of social media by activists have you noticed?
Do these uses align with any specific stage of the social movement? If not, why do you think that is?
Finally, describe one way your own social media use might be altered by your increased awareness of social media’s role in contemporary activism if you ever decided to participate in a movement (note: if you have done this in the past, it’s fine to use this as an example to discuss, but I’m looking for your new thoughts on social media use. Also, feel free to keep your commentary ambiguous if you are using an example of activism you have participated in yourself).

 

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