Rise of the Twittizen?

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Rise of the Twittizen?

  1. 1. Rise of the Twittizen? The role of Twitter as a social-media platform for citizen engagement and political deliberation surrounding net neutrality CM 504 Final Paper Fall 2010 Vivian Luu
  2. 2. Research Questions <ul><ul><li>What does conversation about net neutrality look like on Twitter? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is Twitter an effective tool for creating a public space for citizen engagement and political deliberation? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Scope <ul><ul><li>19,000 tweets, Aug. 1 - Aug. 12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus: Aug. 8 announcement of Google-Verizon net neutrality proposal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewing RT trends through traffic,tweets and tweeps </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Traffic <ul><ul><li>Peaks right before and right after Aug. 8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Buzz” is short-lived, no clearly sustained discussion </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Tweets <ul><ul><li>@freepress / I just told Google: Don’t be evil. Support #NetNeutrality. You can too: http://freepr.es/bXFB7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@freepress / just told Washington to stand for me and Obama for #NetNeutrality. You turn. http://bit.ly/4sigrp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@MoveOn / Google: Say no to VZN to kill #NetNeutrality. Don’t be evil! http://bit.ly/dgxZd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@CREDOaction / Tell the FCC: It’s up to you not Google & Verizon to regulate the Internet. http://bit.ly/b6Njhc Pls RT. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Analysis <ul><ul><li>Rise of an Information elite: Producers of popular content limited to special-interest groups and public figures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action without background: Calls for action don’t come with context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coding divide: Set format for optimal retweeting </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Implications <ul><ul><li>New space for advocacy, but lack of diverse voices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perpetuation of already-existing thin democracy and limited, ‘surface’ citizen engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Divide during acculturation process: New, digital &quot;oughts&quot; of individualism and citizenship splitting those who possess requisites for &quot;new&quot; participation and those who don't </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What's Next? <ul><ul><li>Redefining the citizen in context of &quot;netizenship&quot; and new methods of participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultivation of diverse voices: Twitter as a potential space for citizen engagement and deliberative democracy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roots of influence: Where do already-existing hubs of influence derive their legitimacy and following? </li></ul></ul>

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