Twitter and Tear Gas

Twitter and Tear Gas

The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest

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A firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet-fueled social movements' greatest strengths and frequent challenges

To understand a thwarted Turkish coup, an anti-Wall Street encampment, and a packed Tahrir Square, we must first comprehend the power and the weaknesses of using new technologies to mobilize large numbers of people. An incisive observer, writer, and participant in today's social movements, Zeynep Tufekci explains in this accessible and compelling book the nuanced trajectories of modern protests--how they form, how they operate differently from past protests, and why they have difficulty persisting in their long-term quests for change.

Tufekci speaks from direct experience, combining on-the-ground interviews with insightful analysis. She describes how the internet helped the Zapatista uprisings in Mexico, the necessity of remote Twitter users to organize medical supplies during Arab Spring, the refusal to use bullhorns in the Occupy Movement that started in New York, and the empowering effect of tear gas in Istanbul's Gezi Park. These details from life inside social movements complete a moving investigation of authority, technology, and culture--and offer essential insights into the future of governance.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780300215120
0300215126
Branch Call Number: 302.30285 TUF
Characteristics: xxxi, 326 pages ;,24 cm

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Feb 11, 2019

Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tugekci is a window into the contemporary expression of the timeless human cycle/struggle, for/against, social/political change. Specifically how "networked public spheres", (social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc) combined with powerful handheld computers (cell phones) have impacted, dramatically, the "traditional" processes.
With a scholar's eye, a researcher's attention to detail, and a historian's sense of context Tugekci infuses a journal's hunger to be where the action is and to interview those moving into this new world powered by technology.
Twitter and Tear Gas is a contemporary social history thriller. I found it a compelling page turner.
This is a stand alone story. However for further depth to the subject I highly recommend starting with The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu. Also available at this library. Also a compelling and accessible read.
Together they shine a very bright light in to today's social/political world and the long journey we have been on to get here.

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