Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest (2020)

Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest Zeynep Tufekci Twitter and Tear Gas The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest A firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest revealing internet fueled social movements greatest strengths and frequent challenges To understand a thwarted Turkish coup an anti Wall S
  • Title: Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
  • Author: Zeynep Tufekci
  • ISBN: 9780300215120
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Hardcover
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest Zeynep Tufekci A firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet fueled social movements greatest strengths and frequent challenges To understand a thwarted Turkish coup, an anti Wall Street encampment, and a packed Tahrir Square, we must first comprehend the power and the weaknesses of using new technologies to mobilize large numbers of people An incisiveA firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet fueled social movements greatest strengths and frequent challenges To understand a thwarted Turkish coup, an anti Wall Street encampment, and a packed Tahrir Square, we must first comprehend the power and the weaknesses of using new technologies to mobilize large numbers of people An incisive observer, writer, and participant in today s social movements, Zeynep Tufekci explains in this accessible and compelling book the nuanced trajectories of modern protests how they form, how they operate differently from past protests, and why they have difficulty persisting in their long term quests for change Tufekci speaks from direct experience, combining on the ground interviews with insightful analysis She describes how the internet helped the Zapatista uprisings in Mexico, the necessity of remote Twitter users to organize medical supplies during Arab Spring, the refusal to use bullhorns in the Occupy Movement that started in New York, and the empowering effect of tear gas in Istanbul s Gezi Park These details from life inside social movements complete a moving investigation of authority, technology, and culture and offer essential insights into the future of governance.
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  1. Hadrian

    Perceptive and knowledgeable examination of the interaction between modern communications technology and mass protest Tufekci s analysis is bolstered by her analysis of technology s effects, as well as her personal experiences in observing mass movements and large scale protests.To start off Tufekci takes a relatively nuanced view of the relationship between mass communication and protest While social media makes it easier to organize large scale protests and gather large crowds quickly, they al [...]

  2. Ali

    This book is a must read for whomever even slightly interested in the idea of changing public sphere with collective action.Author starts with an in depth analysis of networked movements social movements using internet and social media as organizing tools and a medium to express dissent and explores their differences with pre internet era movements The evident advantage of networked movements is fast and easy organization on a large scale But with this power also comes the movements weakness Bec [...]

  3. Hilary Martin

    This should be mandatory reading for everyone in order to better understand how Social Media is affecting our lives for better and for worse.

  4. Victoria Brown

    Zeynep Tufekci is the ideal author for this remarkable book Her personal experience on the ground, online and talking to activists is the crowning jewel of this insightful book.Tufekci is clearly a passionate activist and has been involved in the most important social movements of the past twenty years However I found the criticisms most endearing about this work Despite her obvious allegiances, Tufekci balances the strengths of digital technologies and inter connectivity with the often overlook [...]

  5. Rossdavidh

    I have the feeling that this is going to be one of those books that stays in my head for a long time.The author, Zeynep Tufekci, is a Turkish woman who has worked at the interface between academia, technology, and progressive movements for change for a few years now She is the sort of person whose opinions of the Zapatista protest movement was formed in part by her personal visit to the Zapatista region in 1997, whose knowledge of the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt is formed by going to Egypt a [...]

  6. Ray

    This is a must read for anyone lay person or academic interested in the increasing role the Internet and social media has played in recent protests around the globe Tufecki draws on her extensive first hand experience with movements that have used recent technologies from the Zapatistas through Occupy and recent events in the Middle East and the last US presidental election, looking at how today s networked platforms can be easily co opted by small groups to reach large audiences and the resulti [...]

  7. John Jr.

    For the better part of a decade, we ve been watching protest movements arise around the world and wondering what role was played by Twitter, Facebook, and the like Did Facebook bring down the Egyptian government in 2011 How did the Tea Party movement in the United States elect sympathetic legislators while the Occupy Wall Street movement did not Did Chinese government censorship of online platforms thwart the democracy activists in Hong Kong in 2014 Was it their methods or the activists themselv [...]

  8. Sarah Clement

    This is certainly an essential reader for the modern activist Everyone seems to have a theory about the effects of social media on society, spawning terms like slacktivism and prompting scathing critiques from just about everyone This book puts those armchair theories to the test in a way, taking a balanced look at the good, the bad, and the uncertain impacts of the Internet and social networking sites on social movements It combines narrative with academic discourse and theory to create a book [...]

  9. Arkasha

    Basically I would recommend this book to everyone I know In a nutshell, it s about the relationship between collective social movements the digitally networked sphere aka the internet how the internet provides novel affordances to movements changes its inherent capabilities There s a chapter I particularly like about how the power goverments, industries, etc had also shifted their tactics to counter these movements, from plain censorship to creating confusion via information glut.I think it s im [...]

  10. Jenny

    My initial impression of this book, especially the first third or so, was that it was a good overview and intro to the landscape but that I wished it had a little bit depth to its analysis The further along I got, though, and the I thought about it, the I m convinced that this is essential reading for anyone who works with and appreciates the power of information, be they activists, technologists, or journalists Tufekci is characteristically sharp while remaining totally accessible, and this [...]

  11. Zach

    Really solid, with a the first few chapters crackling with a startling, vivid recollection of on the ground protest experiences Her analysis of our connected world is spot on, though the book meandered a bit over the second half I m not sure how many new things someone neck deep in the tech digital platform adtech scene will learn, and I don t know how interesting it s going to be for those who aren t Still, it s an important topic thank God someone as smart and brave as Tufekci is covering it.

  12. SocProf

    Important sociological exploration of social movements in the digital age, with solid conceptual apparatus At the same time, an easy read with a lot of examples and scholarly sources for those who want to dig deeper.

  13. Carrie

    Interesting and important book Social media BOTH enables and threatens protest and social change Readable, lots of excellent and vivid examples, and at long last, an embrace of complexity rather than simplistic accounts that depict social media as either the savior or the villain.

  14. Rhys

    A very friendly algorithm suggested that I read Twitter and Tear Gas The power and fragility of networked protest, by Zeynep Tufekci Who could resist such a title I acquiesced, and after indicating an agreement to send some virtual money, I instantly received the digital file from the book cloud I ve learned reading this book that dissent and protest can be like this too easy in the beginning, but in the long run still requires effort to make it meaningful.Twitter and Tear Gas is in essence the [...]

  15. Steve

    Discussion of social media and political activism There was a little too much basic material describing the various forms of social media, their histories, how the differ, etc Crucial stuff to know in order to understand her other discussions, but if you re already pretty familiar with social media then it gets a bit tedious But a lot of interesting reports on how activists and their opponents use the new digital communications technologies.

  16. Chris Jaffe

    This is an interesting book that s sometimes uplifts and at other points depressing but always insightful The author is a veteran of online activism from her native Turkey which has had its own share of serious protests aided by twitter and social media The roots of modern networked movements go back to the Zapatista movement in Mexico in the 1990s and they typically skew to the left politically, though not always.The early parts of the book discuss some of the most publicized and successful mov [...]

  17. Athan Tolis

    I have fewer than 100 followers on Twitter and know zero about activism, so you should probably not take my views too seriously Views I do have, however, and they are rather dark I think there s a reason the emergence of a bourgeoisie in China has not had the effect it had on the US in the 1880 s and it s that the government can monitor electronically all communication that in the 1880 s would have stayed unobserved long enough for a revolutionary movement to emerge Something not too different h [...]

  18. Alissa Thorne

    Technology is neither good nor bad nor is it neutral Melvin KranzbergAs the title suggests, this book is a study of protest and activism in the rise of social media Zeynep compares modern activism to historical civil rights movements, interspersed with riveting accounts from her personal experiences within these communities.While that would have been a fascinating and engaging account on its own, in the course laying the foundation for that narrow topic, the scope of the areas covered becomes an [...]

  19. Apar Gupta

    We will keep walking, and keep asking questions, What is the book about If you are reading this review there is a good chance Zeynep Tufekci s book is about you Let me be presumptuous and imagine that since you have internet access there is a high chance you are part of a social network like Twitter or Facebook Let me hazard another guess that if you look back through your posts there is a high chance you have participated in a social movement in some way, at some point in time Think, it may be [...]

  20. Anna

    This is, by far, one of the most important books I ve read in awhile and I cannot recommend it highly enough Tufekci discusses how social media has changed the culture, processes, and organizations of protesting and activism Using examples from around the world, she shows how social media originally changed activism and also how activism is threatened by social media.I wasn t sure what I d think of this book Tech isn t my usual reading topic, but the husband raved enough about Tufekci s work tha [...]

  21. Cole Gleason

    In a fantastic and currently relevant book, Zeynep puts forward ideas about the intersection of social movements and digital technology Highlighting examples from her own experience, recent movements, historical movements, and theory, she walks through both the pros and cons of social media in protest and activism For example, some pros easy to organize and activate people quickly Cons a change in organizational capacity and tactical abilities.Here are my three main takeaways 1 Digital tools dra [...]

  22. Eva Ebert

    The introduction was pretty boring Dry, academic and with an overuse of long words But don t let that put you off or just skip it altogether.Once the book starts, it a truly fascinating look at social movements through the time and how they have changed with the internet and social media Zeynep Tufekci knows a lot about her subject, but rather than infodumping she manages to pull out the relevant bits I m certainly no expert on the Kurds after this, but now I feel like I get the basic idea of wh [...]

  23. Khitkhite Buri

    I d recommend this book to anyone on the internet, or interested in the history of activism or movements For its scope, it still manages to outline a certain methodology that is cautious while being open, simple and possibly effective The language is non academic but powerful, which makes for alarming subjects but breezy reading I m apprehensive of the ,Fourth Industrial Revolution and I m not going to optimistically or fatalistically wait for its inevitable new subjectivities.Few things to cons [...]

  24. Peter Carrier

    Clear, Accurate and PreciseA macroscopic look at cultural shifts and the role technology plays in those changes, both within entrenched organizations such as governments and for people outside those same groups movements, activists and the like.Salient material presented in an understandable way, the contents of this book will remain relevant long after the next platform paradigm for outreach arrives Twitter and Tear Gas should be required reading for anyone hoping to claim or achieve social awa [...]

  25. Alan Shaw

    Perhaps an important book but then again perhaps not Very dull for much of its length although with now and again interesting pages towards the end mostly on China s handling of the internet etc The author is an academic who has spent lots and lots of time with what seem to me to be professional activists who often don t seem that invested in any particular cause as long as they can be useful in being naughty anti authoritarians the author s fetching smiling dustjacket photo shows the naughtines [...]

  26. Eva

    A great analysis of the role social media played in networked protests within the last decade, by an activist academic with first hand experience Tufekci examines how digital networking tools Twitter, Facebook, etc help speed up and empower protests movements, that later mostly fail when it comes to collective decision making, as their short timeline never allows them to develop those skills Looking at Tahrir Square, Occupy Wallstreet, Gezi Park, the Umbrella Movement she examines their origins, [...]

  27. Maria Longley

    Technology is neither good nor bad nor is it neutral Melvin Kranzberg 1986 The second part of that quote is fascinating, and what this book explores as it examines how social media technology in particular has fed into the how of the organisation of protests It isn t just technology but rather the interaction of people and the tools around and available to them Of course it s not just people as individuals using these tools but groups, organisations, and nation states for all sorts of reasons Th [...]

  28. Robert S

    Twitter and Tear Gas examines the rise in social media being used in movements from Occupy in the United States to the various uprisings during the Arab Spring in the Middle East over the last couple of years.The author is able to connect some of the common strands that links these movements and the similarities that social media has played in their rise or hampering them.It s interesting to see the impact that technology particularly in the communication arena has had in transforming activism a [...]

  29. Daniel

    Builds a powerful framework that illuminates the difference between the capacity and signals of a protest movement Signals like mass demonstrations no longer require extensive planning and organisation Protests movements find themselves on top of a mountain without having developed organisational capacity in getting there Tufekci feels social media is analogous to digital sherpas, who can get you up there without the usual hard work There s also an analysis of how the government response has evo [...]

  30. Josh C.

    It s a lot to think about Tufekci is very good at stepping outside assumptions of the rightness or wrongness of a protest movement s cause to find ways to assess its actual value, which is sorely lacking in common discussion the signals and capabilities framework seems incredibly important I wish there had been a little exploration of the Chinese model of response to online opposition, but the crapflooding DDoS analogy that she starts there and expands to the fake news model of 2016 is quite us [...]

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