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Posts tagged "social movements"
Climate of Extremes, Part One: How Polarizing Global Warming Strategies Backfire

Climate of Extremes, Part One: How Polarizing Global Warming Strategies Backfire

Reposted from the Breakthrough.org. This is first of two articles on climate activism and political polarization, the second of which can be foundhere. In August 2011, writer-turned-activist Bill McKibben along with a few dozen other environmentalists spent several nights in a Washington, DC jail. They were the first among thousands who would be arrested in...

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,...

The Opponent: How Bill McKibben Changed Environmental Politics and Took on the Oil Patch

For the May/June issue of Canada’s Policy Options magazine, I contributed an article adapted from my Spring 2013 Shorenstein Center paper examining the career of environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben.  With anticipation building over Obama’s pending decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the article at Policy Options is the first in the Canadian press...

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...