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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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Occupy Needs to Separate to Unite

I’m heading to North Carolina with my first stop in Charlotte to research labor organizations protesting at the Democratic National Convention. As with any national action like this, groups build alliances. In this case, two of the main forces are Occupy and labor. They have come together under the banner of Occupy Wall Street South. These [...]

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Will Academic Digital Publishing Make You Perish?

I just got back from our annual American Sociological Association Conference, and the Twitter feed (#ASA2012) was particularly snarky.  As I read expletive-filled tweets from (tenured) faculty and sarcastic tweets from graduate students, I was both bemused and intrigued. Some simply contained nerdy references, such as one thread about The Game of Thrones, which I [...]

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I’m on the Wall for being at the Mall

The Governments’ Digital Pictures of Protesters is not a Pretty Picture for Democracy I should be in court this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. Well, I am in a way, even though I’m writing this from Oakland, California. No, this isn’t science fiction or schizophrenia. It’s all about a sociogram. What’s that, you say? Let [...]

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