[Air-L] Arab spring & social media evidence
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Thu Sep 15 11:35:43 PDT 2011
What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring?
Project on Information Technology and Political Islam. pITPI
P.N., Duffy A., Freelon D., Hussain,M., Mari, W., & Mazaid, M., (2011)
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I think any "cause-effect model" for any large-scale social phenomenon
is sketchy, and I also think popular discourse loves such
simplification. That is to say, I don't think "This Caused That" is
something that evidence could directly demonstrate or refute (or even
That said, I've been reading Philip Howard's new book, "The Digital
Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy," which is quite good, and
provides something of a discussion of this question in its
conclusions, and suggests that ICTs can play an important part in a
"causal recipe" for democratization of Muslim states.
On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM, nativebuddha <nativebuddha at gmail.com>
> Does anyone have evidence (or links to studies) that show the impact, or
> lack thereof, of social media on the Arab spring? This cause-effect model
> still circulates in the mediasphere, but what is the evidence show?
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