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Debate: The ‘gilets jaunes’ movement is not a Facebook revolution

In less than a month, France’s gilets jaunes (yellow vests) have gone from being a celebrated example of Facebook’s ability to power a spontaneous revolution to a cautionary tale of how social networks can be manipulated by outsiders to provoke outrage and sow dissent. But in both of these extreme scenarios, the central actors lie [...]

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From French Resistance to hashtag activism: How our obsession with the extraordinary masks the power of the ordinary

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 [...]

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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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