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Although not about political movements, these three articles about time-critical mobilization might be of interest:

A. Rutherford, et al (2013). Targeted social mobilization in a global manhunt. PLOS ONE 8(9): e74628

A. Rutherford, M. Cebrian , S. Dsouza, E. Moro, A. Pentland, and I. Rahwan (2013). Limits of Social Mobilization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 110 no. 16 pp. 6281-6286

G. Pickard, W. Pan, I. Rahwan, M. Cebrian, R. Crane, A. Madan, A. Pentland (2011). Time-Critical Social Mobilization. Science. Vol. 334 no. 6055 pp. 509-512.


On 20 June 2015 at 14:24, Alexander Semenov <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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Hi, Paul.

Here are some papers from my bibliography on that topic:

Aday, S., H. Farrell, D. Freelon, M. Lynch, J. Sides, and M. Dewar. 2013. “Watching From Afar: Media Consumption Patterns Around the Arab Spring.” American Behavioral Scientist 57 (7): 899–919. doi:10.1177/0002764213479373.

Aday, Sean, Henry Farrell, Marc Lynch, John Sides, and Deen Freelon. 2012. “New Media and Conflict After The Arab Spring.”

Ausserhofer, Julian, and Axel Maireder. 2013. “National Politics on Twitter.” Information, Communication & Society 16 (3): 291–314. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.756050.

Bastos, Marco T., Dan Mercea, and Arthur Charpentier. 2015. “Tents, Tweets, and Events: The Interplay Between Ongoing Protests and Social Media.” Journal of Communication, March, n/a – n/a. doi:10.1111/jcom.12145.

Bennett, W Lance, and Courtney N Johnson. 2014. “A Model of Crowd-Enabled Organization : Theory and Methods for Understanding the Role of Twitter in the Occupy Protests.” International Journal of Communication 8: 646–72.

Bruns, a., T. Highfield, and J. Burgess. 2013. “The Arab Spring and Social Media Audiences: English and Arabic Twitter Users and Their Networks.” American Behavioral Scientist 57 (7): 871–98. doi:10.1177/0002764213479374.

Bruns, Axel, and Tim Highfield. 2013. “Political Networks on Twitter.” Information, Communication & Society 16 (5): 667–91. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2013.782328.

Choi, S., and H. W. Park. 2013. “An Exploratory Approach to a Twitter-Based Community Centered on a Political Goal in South Korea: Who Organized It, What They Shared, and How They Acted.” New Media & Society 16 (1): 129–48. doi:10.1177/1461444813487956.

Comunello, Francesca, and Giuseppe Anzera. 2012. “Will the Revolution Be Tweeted? A Conceptual Framework for Understanding the Social Media and the Arab Spring.” Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations 23 (4): 453–70. doi:10.1080/09596410.2012.712435.

Eltantawy, Nahed, and Julie B. Wiest. 2011. “The Arab Spring| Social Media in the Egyptian Revolution: Reconsidering Resource Mobilization Theory.” International Journal of Communication.

Gaffney, Devin. 2010. “# iranElection : Quantifying Online Activism.” In WebSci10: Extending the Frontiers of Society On-Line. Raleigh, NC: US.

Gonzalez-Bailon, S., J. Borge-Holthoefer, and Y. Moreno. 2013. “Broadcasters and Hidden Influentials in Online Protest Diffusion.” American Behavioral Scientist 57 (7): 943–65. doi:10.1177/0002764213479371.

González-Bailón, Sandra, Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Alejandro Rivero, and Yamir Moreno. 2011. “The Dynamics of Protest Recruitment through an Online Network.” Scientific Reports 1 (January): 197. doi:10.1038/srep00197.

González-Bailón, Sandra, Ning Wang, Alejandro Rivero, Javier Borge-Holthoefer, and Yamir Moreno. 2014. “Assessing the Bias in Samples of Large Online Networks.” Social Networks 38 (January). Elsevier B.V.: 16–27. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2014.01.004.

Harlow, Summer, and Lei Guo. 2014. “Will the Revolution Be Tweeted or Facebooked? Using Digital Communication Tools in Immigrant Activism.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 19 (3): 463–78. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12062.

Harlow, Summer, and Thomas J. Johnson. 2011. “The Arab Spring| Overthrowing the Protest Paradigm? How The New York Times, Global Voices and Twitter Covered the Egyptian Revolution.” International Journal of Communication.

Hermida, Alfred, Seth C. Lewis, and Rodrigo Zamith. 2014. “Sourcing the Arab Spring: A Case Study of Andy Carvin’s Sources on Twitter During the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 19 (3): 479–99. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12074.

Lotan, Gilad, Mike Ananny, Devin Gaffney, and Danah Boyd. 2011. “The Revolutions Were Tweeted : Information Flows During the 2011 Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions Web Ecology Project Web Ecology Project.” International Journal of Communicationnication 5: 1375–1405.

Maireder, Axel. 2013. “Political Discourses on Twitter : Networking Topics , Objects and People,” no. 3: 1–11.

Papacharissi, Zizi, and Maria de Fatima Oliveira. 2012. “Affective News and Networked Publics: The Rhythms of News Storytelling on #Egypt.” Journal of Communication 62 (2): 266–82. doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01630.x.

Rane, Halim, and Sumra Salem. 2012. “Social Media, Social Movements and the Diffusion of Ideas in the Arab Uprisings.” Journal of International Communication 18 (1): 97–111. doi:10.1080/13216597.2012.662168.

Russell, Adrienne. 2011. “The Arab Spring| Extra-National Information Flows, Social Media and the 2011 Egyptian Uprising.” International Journal of Communication.

Theocharis, Yannis, Will Lowe, Jan W. van Deth, and Gema García-Albacete. 2014. “Using Twitter to Mobilize Protest Action: Online Mobilization Patterns and Action Repertoires in the Occupy Wall Street, Indignados, and Aganaktismenoi Movements.” Information, Communication & Society, no. August (August): 1–19. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2014.948035.

Wilson, Christopher. 2011. “Digital Media in the Egyptian Revolution : Descriptive Analysis from the Tahrir Data Sets Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.” International Journal of Communication 5: 1248–72.

Hope that helps.



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2015-06-06 0:19 GMT+03:00 Paul McLean <[log in to unmask]>:
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I am looking for suggestions on citations of recent networks-oriented work on the role of Twitter and/or other social media in achieving large-scale mobilizations, such as during Arab Spring or the Occupy movements.  I would like to read some of that work and cite it in a work I am writing now, and possibly include it the next time I teach my Social Networks grad class. Thanks. 


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