Summary of Online Social Change

Easy to Organize, Hard to Win

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Online Social Change summary
If you are planning to organize the next revolution, don’t overestimate the power of Twitter.


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Social media’s role in 2011’s Arab Spring and Occupy movements received widespread attention, but according to techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, social media may in fact impede protests from realizing the positive changes they seek. getAbstract recommends Tufekci’s contrarian, thought-provoking report to protesters, revolutionaries and social media users seeking the best tactics to achieve social and political change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How social media have become an indispensable tool for protesters worldwide,
  • How social media movements can impede the outcomes of protests, and
  • How to ensure that technology doesn’t obstruct policy change.


The power of technology in generating attention for protesters is undeniable. For example, a reporter thwarted the Turkish government’s censorship of the...
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Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci studies the interaction between social media and traditional power.

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