From the Streets to the Internet

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As political, cultural and social protests are popping up around the world, it is undeniable that the "old school" style of protesting with signs and banners has changed. This blog will analyze the use of social media in these current movements and how it is impacting the way activists, social groups and institutions organize themselves and communicate.

Online Trolls: Bloggers Beware

Type into Google or any other search engine ‘Social Media’ with ‘Occupy Wall Street’ or ‘Egyptian Revolution’ and I assure you there will be dozens of articles on how social media is changing the game of protesting. It is true that social media is giving the bottom power to communicate relative to social institutions, something that wasn’t possible before the creation of Facebook and Twitter. However, what much of the public has failed to acknowledge is that Facebook and Twitter in itself is a social institution.

Media Censorship in the U.S., What's Next?

When the revolution in Egypt sprang up in January of 2011, it was obvious to most of the world the reason. Years of government corruption and oppressive behavior as well as the brutality of the police lead to a variety of protestors from different socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanding the dismantlement of the previously established Egyptian regime. Seeing an opportunity for a new way to protest, the youth took to the Internet, blogging, tweeting and posting about the corruption they were seeing and the brutality they were facing. The result?

We are all Khaled Said

What sparked my interest in social media as a form of digitally fueled activism was an incident that happened in June of 2010 and is accredited for stimulating the revolution in Cairo.

Social Media: Digitally Fueling Activism

My name is Bond Longley and I am a senior at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. For my blog I will be analyzing social media in political, social and cultural movements, especially in relation to current events such as the Occupy Wall Street movement. I have been researching this topic for my senior project since last spring in my Global Studies research methods course where I discovered the topic of social media as digitally fueled activism.