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What Gladwell Gets Wrong: The Real Problem is Scale Mismatch (Plus, Weak and Strong Ties are Complementary and Supportive)

BY Zeynep Tufekci | Tuesday, September 28 2010

We're pleased to repost this essay on Malcolm Gladwell and online activism by Prof. Zeynep Tufekci of the University of Maryland, with her permission, from her blog Technosociology. Not only does she engage Gladwell, who ... Read More

Net-Powered, Cable-Boosted Politics Won Last Night

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, May 19 2010

With challengers like Rand Paul, Joe Sestak and Bill Halter all beating candidates backed by the Washington establishment last night in primaries in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, John Harris and Jim Vandehei have ... Read More

Using Facebook in the Arizona Immigration Fight

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 4 2010

That interest groups are turning to Facebook and Twitter to organize around the recently passed Arizona immigration laws are, as CBS News' Charles Cooper wrote, "a case of dog bites man." The idea that people are using ... Read More

Pardon Me, This is a Hijacking...

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 23 2010

The Hill has the story of the campaign by one activist group to "politely hijack" the official Facebook pages of members of Congress. Read More

How to Listen to Your Online Members: Debating the MoveOn Way

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 26 2010

If you're a typical online political activist, you probably are on a fair number of email lists, a member of a number of advocacy organizations, and maybe send dues to a few. But how often do you get asked by any of them ... Read More

Coakley vs Brown Online: Tracking the MA Senate Special Election

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, January 15 2010

Next Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts to fill the remaining three years of Ted Kennedy's term in the U.S. Senate is drawing a lot of attention, not only as the latest test of the national political winds, but ... Read More

Critiquing Matthew Hindman's "The Myth of Digital Democracy"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 3 2009

Here's a rough draft of what I'm going to say at tonight's "Digital Democracy Debate" with author Matthew Hindman at Yale. Let me know in the comments if you think I've missed anything or gotten anything wrong. Read More

Pew: Online Participatory Class is Young and Growing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, September 2 2009

It appears everybody is putting the wrong headline on the new report on "The Internet and Civic Engagement" from the experts at the Pew Internet & American Life Project. "Online politics reserved for rich," says BBC ... Read More

The Politics of Twitter

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 24 2009

For some time now, we've been hearing that conservatives dominate the usage of Twitter when it comes to online politics, and the appearance of TweetProgress, a new aggregator for progressive twitterers, only appears to ... Read More

Network-Weaving on Twitter: TweetProgress Launches to Counter Conservative Lead

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 24 2009

Are conservatives out-organizing progressives on Twitter, as a recent story on CNN reported? And does their seeming dominance matter? Read More