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2011 11 2_global_scholar 2011 11 2_global_scholar Presentation Transcript

  • Social Media and Collective Action:From the Middle East to MichiganDr. Cliff LampeSchool of InformationNovember 2, 2011 Flicker: Kemal Y.
  • “May you live in interesting times.” - ancient curse
  • Social media does not*cause* collective action, itfacilitates it.
  • The Past Year
  • Mohamed Bouazizi
  • Mohamed Bouazizi
  • Tunisia
  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Syria
  • Wisconsin
  • Oakland
  • Wall Street
  • Michigan
  • People engaged in collectiveaction
  • Which is not always positive
  • UK Riots
  • Vancouver riots
  • The role of informationtechnology and social media
  • Social media tools reduce the cost of distribution
  • Mobile hardware makeseveryone a media producer Flickr: mbaudier
  • Ubiquity of the tool spread ideasGuardian.co.uk
  • Distributed and independent
  • A rich social media environment was inplace before the protests - mostly youth
  • Social media provided an alternative to state controlled media
  • What is social media?
  • Common characteristicsUser generated contentDirect user-to-user interactionBundles of applications
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Cautions about social media
  • “Slacktivism”
  • More local examples
  • Micheen
  • OMBT site
  • SummarySocial media tools: Reduce the cost of mass distribution Work with ubiquitous hardware Allow for “network effects”Concerns Deception Infrastructure is vulnerable SlacktivismNext steps Education - social media literacy Research - What worked, what didn’t.
  • Thanks!Cliff Lampecacl@umich.eduTwitter: @clifflampeSlideShare: clifflampe