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Harnessing The Power Of Social Media In International Relations by Fergus Hanson

Twitter may be just another way of sharing inane chatter, but if you have written the service off, think again. Social media has emerged as a powerful new tool in international relations, and it deserves closer attention.
The wonderful and frightening thing about social media and Web 2.0 technologies is that their consequences are so unpredictable. When Jack Dorsey launched Twitter in 2006, did he envisage that the medium would end up playing a role in the attempted overthrow of the regime in Tehran?
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Weak Ties, Twitter and Revolution By Jonah Lehrer

Just a quick note on Malcolm Gladwell’s Twitter/Social Change article in The New Yorker:
It’s an extremely thought-provoking piece, written with the usual flair. For those who haven’t read it, Gladwell argues that online social networks aren’t suited for “real” social activism, so all the utopian predictions about Twitter and Iran, or Facebook and Obama, will never come to pass. This is because, Gladwell says, online networks are all about weak ties — a weak tie is a friend of a friend, or a casual acquaintance — whereas real activism (he uses the example of the civil rights movement, led by Martin Luther King) depends on strong ties, or those people you know and trust:
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Video - Social Media Expert Clay Shirky Explores the Role of Facebook and Twitter in the Middle East - WSJ.com

Video - Social Media Expert Clay Shirky Explores the Role of Facebook and Twitter in the Middle East - WSJ.com | Twit4D | Scoop.it
In an interview with WSJ's Alan Murray, social media
expert Clay Shirky discusses the effect of Facebook,
Twitter and other social media in the recent uprisings
in Egypt and Tunisia, and what it could mean for the
Middle East at large.
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The Twitter Revolution Debate Is Dead | The Atlantic by Ella chou

The debate about the role of digital social media in social movements is brought to a new height with events in Tunisia and Egypt. Chinese netizens also labeled the success of the Egyptian demonstrations a victory of the "Twitter Revolution". Graham Webster, graduate student in political science at the University of Washington, who studies China and the intersection of technology and politics, writes in to say that the Twitter revolution is dead, and he makes a cogent argument for cyber pragmatism:
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Clay Shirky: How social media can make history | Video on TED.com

TED Talks While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly).
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Foreign Affairs Live: Experts Debate The Role of Social Media In Political Protests by Neil Glassman

Foreign Affairs Live: Experts Debate The Role of Social Media In Political Protests by Neil Glassman | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Popular protests in countries from Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain and Libya have shaken the Middle East’s established order to its roots. Are they evidence of the political power of social media? Have the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and other innovations ushered in a revolutionary new era in global politics?
Last evening, as part of its Foreign Affairs Live series, the Council on Foreign Relations explored these crucial questions with new media guru Clay Shirky and Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning at the State Department.
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From Innovation to Revolution | Foreign Affairs By Malcolm Gladwell and Clay Shirky

From Innovation to Revolution | Foreign Affairs By Malcolm Gladwell and Clay Shirky | Twit4D | Scoop.it
o the tools of social media make it possible for protesters to challenge their governments? Malcolm Gladwell argues that there is no evidence that they do; Clay Shirky disagrees.
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