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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.

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Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci studies the interaction between social media and traditional power.



The power of technology in generating attention for protesters is undeniable. For example, a reporter thwarted the Turkish government’s censorship of the bombing of Kurdish smugglers, which killed 34 people, when he tweeted a picture – that went viral – of the victims’ funeral procession. The government’s efforts to censor the 2013 Gezi Park protests flopped when a citizen posted a picture online that juxtaposed CNN International’s coverage of the protests with CNN Turkey’s simultaneous airing of a penguin documentary. Moreover, the 2011 Occupy movement was born from technology and spawned global protests in 950 cities within mere months ...

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