[Air-L] Arab spring cites

Muzammil M. Hussain tcrnbv at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 15:47:06 PDT 2011


Hello, thank you for including some of our work -- you might also be
interested in pre-Arab Spring digmedia and politics bibliographies, and our
running Zotero public library -- listed here:
http://pitpi.org/index.php/research/publications/

-Muzammil



On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:44 AM, nativebuddha <nativebuddha at gmail.com>wrote:

> Here's what I sifted out from responses to my call for empirical work on
> the
> Arab Spring. Thanks to everyone who responded.
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> -robert
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> *Social Media and the Arab Spring*
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> *General argument about Arab Spring and/or social media:*
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> http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/07/facebook-twitter-revolutionaries-cyber-utopians
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> http://homes.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman/publications/egypt/PMag-1107-Egypt-offprint.pdf
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> http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67812/asef-bayat/the-post-islamist-revolutions
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> Howard, Phillip "The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy,"
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> http://poliecon.com/2011/09/08/information-manipulation-coordination-and-regime-change-2/(info
> flows and regimes)
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> http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/02/24/facebook.revolution/index.html
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> http://blogs.taz.de/netizenblog/2011/03/16/netizens_egypt_tahrir_square/(background
> on Egypt)
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> http://www.gnuband.org/files/papers/Ferron_Massa_Collective_memory_building_in_Wikipedia.pdf(how
> wikipedia fits in)
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> *Empirical study:*
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> Howard et al =
> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12947477/reports/pITPI_datamemo_2011.pdf
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> http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/view/1246/613 (Information
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> during Tunisian and Egytian revolutions/Tweets)
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> *Regarding the Internet Shutdown in Egypt:*
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> “New Social Networks with Old Technology - What the Egyptian Shutdown tells
> us about Social Media” (Dan McQuillan)
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> http://www.internetartizans.co.uk/socnets_with_old_tech_egypt
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> Abstract
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> Egypt is the latest in a series of countries to witness the
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> powerful potential of modern social media to catalyse and mobilise
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> people around social issues. The Egyptian government response was to
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> have the internet and mobile networks completely shut down. This was,
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> however, not the end of the role that social media ideas played in the
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> events that followed. People inside and outside of Egypt collaborated to
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>  re-create the missing networks using the still-available technologies
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> of landlines, dial-up and ham radio.
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> This paper argues that this use of
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> pre-digital technologies to form the kinds of infrastructure afforded by
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>  modern social technologies is evidence of a radical change in people’s
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> perceptions of their world and its connectedness. Social media has
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> constituted a real change that goes beyond specific technologies. This
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> flies in the face of many sceptical critics who argue that new
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> technologies only reinforce old practices and social structures.
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> This view of the effects of social media
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> presents a challenge to its study. Technological studies and formal
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> analyses of relationships inscribed in social networks will never be
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> able to capture fully the way people understand and interact with these
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> technologically-enabled structures.
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> In this paper, I use the internet
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> shutdown in Egypt to raise issues that I believe need to be considered
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> in analysing the influence of social media on social movements. I
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> discuss how existing models need to become hybridic, heterogeneous and
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> responsive to the grassroots appropriation of technology, especially the
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>  future creation of alternatives to the corporate internet. In
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> conclusion, I analyse the phrase 'Egypts Facebook Youth' as the emblem
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> of social media's impact.
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