Social Media and Social Change. Reading arguments 10/15/2013. Reflection—what did you notice? What stands out to you? What did you mark? . 10 minutes no book 5 minutes with the book Groups. Working with difficulty.
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Look for places of confusion or difficulty in Chapter 5 and/or 7. Locate the passage (i.e. the quote). What is said? What language is used? What is difficult, unclear, confusing, or frustrating? Why? Where is the discussion located? What kind of meaning can you piece together?
What is the author’s overall argument in the chapter?
What are some of his main supporting points?
What kinds of examples does he give?
Example: John Watts argues in chapter 2 of his text The Connected World that developing countries are increasingly more “wired into” internet connectivity and therefore have become increasingly more democratic. He shows the ways in which small, rural towns in the Caribbean became more politically active when internet cafes began to pop up more frequently. He looks at one particular town in Samana, Dominican Republic, to highlight how three internet cafes becomes the hub of political activism. He suggests that the rise of social media allows a small town to connect more expansively and demand more political presence where as in the past it would have been overlooked. He calls this “empowering the grid” (38) and believes it leads to more shared information and therefore more power.
Find & read one other article from a strong publication on social media and the Arab Spring
PART !: RESPONSE due online discussion forum (as post to course blog): Summarize Clay Shirky’s view on social media and social change. What is his main argument? What does he believe in? Point to specific ideas and passages in his discussion to support your summary. How do the articles on the Arab Spring uprisings relate to Shirky’s discussion? What do they add? Be specific. What is Morozov’s argument in his article? How does he confront or critique Shirky? Last, what did you find? Summarize your article and what it contributes. Be specific, give examples, and point to passages or specific areas of the texts.
PART 2: COMMENT Choose one person’s ideas to respond to.
October 29 (NO IN CLASS MEETING, ONLINE READING/VIEWING DUE)
Finding related research: view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OonV7-LGMs to learn about Academic Search Premier through the DVC library website.
Find 2 more articles on the idea of social media and social change by using the DVC databases. Download full text articles and save them (you will upload them to your post and your portfolio)
Read your articles
RESPONSE due online on course blog–What articles did you find? Summarize the two articles and the arguments they make. How do these discussions connect to each other? How do they connect to what we have read thus far? What do they contribute?
Introduction to Unit 2 Formal Write Up (Posted here)