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POLS 251
David York

Pols 251 1 February 25 2013 “...(I)t is simply a form of organizing which favours the weak-tie connections that give us access to information over the strong-tie connections that help us persevere in the face of danger. It shifts our energies from organizations that promote strategic and disciplined activity and toward those which promote resilience and adaptability. It makes it easier for activists to express themselves, and harder for that expression to have any impact.” “The instruments of social media are well suited to making the existing social order more efficient. They are not a natural enemy of the status quo.” Shirky on NSM and the Arab Spring “...the exciting part is the use of those tools to turn people out on the streets with this information cascade in which a bunch of people who are dissatisfied with the society see other protestors not suffering too much, join the protest, it gets larger, that convinces more people to join and you get this famous information cascade. ...the ability to turn people out on the street-- is the end of a long process rather than a shortcut. It relies first on having a gro
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