I’ve become obsessed with “Un village français.” No, it’s not an idyllic town in Provence. It’s a French television series set during World War II. The show follows the residents of one French town as they navigate the German occupation. I tell myself that I am already into the 6th season (thank you, Netflix) because […]
Archive | December, 2014
From French Resistance to hashtag activism: How our obsession with the extraordinary masks the power of the ordinary
By schradie on December 17, 2014 in Academia, Big Data, Digital Activism, Facebook, Silicon Valley, Social Movements, Twitter
Bringing the Organization Back In: Social Media and Social Movements
By schradie on December 4, 2014 in Digital Activism, Facebook, Silicon Valley, Social Movements, Sociology, Twitter, Unions
In the digital era of so-called Facebook revolutions or hashtag activism, many claim that participation in social movements is individualized and personalized, but building and sustaining a political movement, even an online movement, still requires organization. I make this argument in my recent blog post at the Berkeley Journal of Sociology.