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ERIC Number: EJ941124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube--and Democracy
Samuels, Bob
Academe, v97 n4 Jul-Aug 2011
In fall 2009, this author participated in mass protests in California against tuition increases, furloughs, state budget cuts, and mass layoffs of schoolteachers, faculty members, and other public-sector workers. He states that what was so inspiring about these demonstrations was their formation of a new model of coalition politics. Taking the lead from the structure of new media activism, a coalition of students, faculty members, workers, and parents joined together online and off-line to confront a set of problems facing contemporary society. Ultimately, the actions led to a $500 million increase in funding for the University of California. In this article, the author discusses the University of California protest movement, which showed that not only do social media affect social groups, but social groups also shape the media.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California