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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown and What Hashtag Activism Does Right

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown and What Hashtag Activism Does Right | real utopias | Scoop.it
Social media protests have their limits, but one thing they're very, very good at is grassroots media criticism.



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The Evolution of the Twitter Revolution - Nextgov

The Evolution of the Twitter Revolution - Nextgov | real utopias | Scoop.it

Perhaps the most important and consistent observation about the role social media plays in global protest movements is that it isn’t static; it evolves just as the movements and the media themselves do, analysts saidduring an event on Monday sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace.

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“Tweeting Out a Tyrant:” Social Media and the Tunisian Revolution | Wi Journal

“Tweeting Out a Tyrant:” Social Media and the Tunisian Revolution | Wi Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

This paper focuses on the Tunisian Revolution that occurred in January 2011. The revolution was dubbed by many on television, on the Internet, and in the blogosphere, as the “Twitter Revolution.” I focus on how social media serves as an effective tool in the political climate of Tunisia, but in analyzing critiques of the Twitter title in conjunction with survey responses from 50 Tunisians, I argue that the “Twitter” title is Orientalist as it emphasizes the role of Western-made technologies, rather than the role of Tunisians themselves.



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Tweeting the Revolution: Social Media Use and the #Euromaidan Protests - Huffington Post

Tweeting the Revolution: Social Media Use and the #Euromaidan Protests - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

The past three days have been the most violent in recent Ukrainian history. Over 70 people are reported to have died since violence erupted on Tuesday, including following the reemergence of violence on Wednesday after the collapse of a truce between the government and protestors. Thursday, the EU formally announced that it will impose sanctions on those it deems responsible for the violence, marking the first active international intervention since the beginning of protests in November. As in other events of collective actions in the past few years, social media appears to be playing a prominent role in organizing and motivating Ukrainian protestors.

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Occupy Gezi: How Twitter Facilitated a Social Movement in Turkey

Occupy Gezi: How Twitter Facilitated a Social Movement in Turkey | real utopias | Scoop.it
A look at Twitter's role in Occupy Gezi and it's overall role in creating social movements.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation