Category Archives: Commentary

5 Suggestions for New Badges on Foursquare

Since TECH 621, I have become addicted to Foursquare and the apps surrounding it. I’ve been on it for roughly 9 months now, and I wouldn’t mind unlocking more badges. Not to mention, I also appreciate the snarky taglines that … Continue reading

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The Potential of SNS Use in Government 2.0: RAA #4

Article Wills, David and Stuart Reeves (2009). “Facebook as a Political Weapon: Information in Social Networks.” British Politics 4 (2): 265-281.  DOI: 10.1057/bp.2009.3 http://www.palgrave-journals.com/bp/journal/v4/n2/pdf/bp20093a.pdf (Also Available at Purdue) Purpose of the Research In today’s political environment in the US and UK, … Continue reading

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Does Internet Use Affect Political Engagement? RAA #3

Article Boulianne, Shelley. 2009. “Does Internet Use Affect Engagement? A Meta-Analysis of Research.” Political Communication 26 (2): 193-211. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10584600902854363 Purpose of the Research In the previous Research Article Analysis, I looked at Schlozman, Verba, and Brady (2010) and their take … Continue reading

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Devo Explains Attention Grabbing in the Internet Age

This week we’ve been reading about intelligence and attention. We are talking about concepts like: is Google making us dumber, and forms of multitasking. As I’ve been reflecting on what I had read, I had a connected yet really distracted … Continue reading

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The Internet and US Voter Participation: RAA #2

Article Schlozman, Key Lehman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady. (2010). “Weapon of the Strong? Participatory Inequality and the Internet.” Perspectives on Politics 8 (2): 487-510. Accessed at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7804317. DOI: 10.1017/S1537592710001210 NOTE: This article is available at Purdue! Purpose of … Continue reading

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Reading Socially: The Washington Post Integration into Facebook

I have been an avid reader of The Washington Post  since my high school research project about the Watergate scandal. So to no surprise, when The Washington Post introduced a new social reading app on Facebook recently, I signed up … Continue reading

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Facebook Announcements, Political Impact, and Traditional Media

The other day, Moammar Qaddafi was killed, and over the next week or so, NATO will end its operations in Libya. NATO Commander Admiral James Stavridis stated the following on his Facebook Page: An extraordinary 24 hours in Libya. As SACEUR, … Continue reading

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