Archive | September, 2012

Digital Society in Context – A New Media Research Workshop

Rather than whine any more about the dearth of social scientists at UC Berkeley who study digital society, I decided to start a speaker series through the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) to bring them here. In the process, though, of reaching out to promote the talks, I was reminded of the strength of [...]

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The IRB at the DNC: Interviewing is (usually) no laughing matter

A friend of mine had flown in for just 24 hours of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), so I was showing him the highlights: no, not the Convention floor nor even the Huffington Post spa (yes, you heard that right). Instead, we were wandering around the other media circus – mega TV screens near the [...]

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Iron Law 2.0 – Digital Democracy or Hierarchy?

On  Wednesday, September 12th at noon, I’ll be speaking in Chapel Hill at  UNC’s Carroll Hall’s Freedom Forum Conference Center in a talk sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Department of Sociology. I’ll be talking about my latest research project: Does digital technology enable social movement organizations to be more democratic?  In the [...]

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Operation Dixie at the DNC

From the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, here’s my latest post on Mobilizing Ideas, a social movement studies blog. Here’s a taste of it: “While the Obama sign waving and t-shirt wearing union members at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) creates a picture of a giant love-fest between unions and the Democratic Party, underneath this [...]

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