[Air-l] Facebook protests: exit, voice, loyalty?

Wainer Lusoli w.lusoli at lse.ac.uk
Wed Sep 13 05:10:34 PDT 2006


Sarah - I would have thought that Hirschman's classic exit-voice-loyalty
scheme is particularly appropriate to the [specific] case of digital
activism, especially re youth. 

[you may want to see
http://www.springerlink.com/content/k18t27678h637534/#search=%22Hirschman's%
20%20exit%22]

Meshing strategies [and pushing boundaries] if relatively easier in the
digital domain, I reckon?

Just a thought

Wainer

> -----Original Message-----
> From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org 
> [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Sarah 
> Brooke Robbins
> Sent: 07 September 2006 22:44
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: Re: [Air-l] Facebook protests
> 
> My comment wasn't really regarding their age. It was 
> regarding the effort it
> takes to participate in an online protest. If signing the 
> petition required
> that they delete their profile (or even walk outside or some other
> significant effort) I think we'd see a lot fewer signing up.
> 
> On 9/7/06, Ledbetter, Andrew Michael <aledbett at ku.edu> wrote:
> >
> > >I am not really impressed with these protests at all, these are
> > >(mostly?) undergrads we are talking about.
> >
> > I'm a bit uncomfortable dismissing the protesters' concerns 
> merely because
> > of their age and social position---yet, I feel like I see a 
> tendency to do
> > so when discussing this issue (an interesting statement about social
> > cognition itself). In comparison, a number of years ago 
> (sometime in the
> > early or mid 90s, I think), the state of Oregon enabled 
> easier access to
> > individual Department of Motor Vehicles records. The result 
> was general
> > public anger and concern about privacy, and the law was 
> soon changed. If
> > older adults can protest perceived violations of privacy, 
> should not young
> > adults and teenagers have a right to do so as well and have 
> their concerns
> > given a fair hearing?
> >
> > It raises intriguing questions: How would we think about 
> this protest if
> > Facebook was a site made up of middle-aged adults? Would 
> the protest even
> > occur in that case? Would the news media cover it 
> differently if it did?
> >
> > Andrew M. Ledbetter
> > Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant
> > Department of Communication Studies
> > University of Kansas
> >
> >
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