• first of all, of course we spot armenians immediately, kasparian is գասպարեան։
  • secondly, her points like “facebook vs face to face’ are barely tolerable. i would criticize facebook for many things, but not for being an online social platform.
  • hasan seems to be much more clever, and spots more important problems.
  • i can relate to what the piratebay founder expressed: indeed there is a problem, that most of the people are not conscious/strong enough to leave facebook for political reasons. when you have a gratification and good feelings anchored to something, you won’t leave it even if you know you have to vote by that, but your limbic system will dictate the opposite - conformism.
  • young turks is a very ironical name, though they have an explanation from the dictionary stating that young turk is a ‘person who rebels against authority or societal expectations’, the real young turks (political party) were supported by most progressive powers in the ottoman empire, including armenian intellectuals, and that was a force which commited the genocide of armenians and greeks. and that’s a reason why ana kasparian lives in united states, most probably, because her ancestors were genocide survivors. (:

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— In Mcluhan’s book Understanding media there is one chapter called “The Gadget Lover”. He says that social media (well there was no social media in his time, but that’s what he meant), is like our own extension, a replication of our own image, and that we fall easily in love with our own mirror image, like Narcissus. And btw the name Narcissus has the same root as narcosis. We get addicted to ourselves.

#social_media #mcluhan #gadgets #media #narcissus #narcosis #mirror #narcissism #image

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Social media have provided instrumental means of communication in many recent political protests. The efficiency of online networks in disseminating timely information has been praised by many commentators; at the same time, users are often derided as “slacktivists” because of the shallow commitment involved in clicking a forwarding button. Here we consider the role of these peripheral online participants, the immense majority of users who surround the small epicenter of protests, representing layers of diminishing online activity around the committed minority. We analyze three datasets tracking protest communication in different languages and political contexts through the social media platform Twitter and employ a network decomposition technique to examine their hierarchical structure. We provide consistent evidence that peripheral participants are critical in increasing the reach of protest messages and generating online content at levels that are comparable to core participants. Although committed minorities may constitute the heart of protest movements, our results suggest that their success in maximizing the number of online citizens exposed to protest messages depends, at least in part, on activating the critical periphery. Peripheral users are less active on a per capita basis, but their power lies in their numbers: their aggregate contribution to the spread of protest messages is comparable in magnitude to that of core participants. An analysis of two other datasets unrelated to mass protests strengthens our interpretation that core-periphery dynamics are characteristically important in the context of collective action events. Theoretical models of diffusion in social networks would benefit from increased attention to the role of peripheral nodes in the propagation of information and behavior.

The Critical Periphery in the Growth of Social Protests

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#paper #protest #twitter #social_media #internet #research

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