Communication, Media & Politics in the Anthropocene

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Social Movements & Technology

Digital Activism and the Future of the GLBT Movement: Insights from Recent Research and Case Studies

Recent research analyzing the impact of digital media and tools on advocacy campaigns and social protest offers valuable insights for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) movement.  These insights are especially relevant now as GLBT advocacy groups and activists look to broaden their political success beyond victories on gay marriage to tackle other civil...

iProtest: Social Media and the Evolving Nature of Media Activism

- Guest post by Luis Hestres, American University doctoral student. Reposted from Big Think’s Age of Engagement, Nov. 17, 2011. To say that new information technologies are revolutionizing political activism has become a tried and true cliché. It also happens to be true. Even as debates rage over the impact of technology on political activism,...

We Are the 99%: Models of Public Opinion that Explain the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Ever since the financial crisis hit the U.S. in late 2008, many political commentators (mostly on the Left) have wondered why public opinion hadn’t mobilized behind Wall Street reform in the U.S. as strongly and visibly as in other nations. The Occupy Wall Street movement seems like the embodiment of the sort of reaction to...

Understanding the Public Sphere in a Network Society

-Guest post by Faizullah Jan, American University doctoral student. “We are the 99%,” proclaim the protesters participating in the Occupy Wall Street marches and sit-ins.  Without a specific policy goal or agenda, the movement’s continued growth and visibility is an example of grassroots action focused almost exclusively on public expression, the communication of opinions and...