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Twitter and tear gas : the power and fragility of networked protest
Tufekci, Zeynep, author.
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New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2017]

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xxxi, 326 pages ; 25 cm
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. Tufekci explains 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 analysis. She describes how the internet helped the Zapatista uprisings in Mexico, the necessity of remote Twitter users to organize medical supplies during the 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.
Making a movement -- A networked public -- Censorship and attention -- Leading the leaderless -- Movement cultures -- A protester's tools -- Technology and people -- Platforms and algorithms -- Names and connections -- After the protests -- Signaling power and signaling to power -- Governments strike back -- Epilogue: The uncertain climb.

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