Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

12-10-2014

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon

Abstract

The most efficient way to get people to take action has always been a big topic of discussion when it comes to political mobilization. Technology has greatly affected the way that people mobilize; it has created a platform for people to have easier access to those of like minds. With social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter it is very easy in today's era to get your point across to thousands of people and if need be mobilize them into a political rally or protest. It is important to see if technology has actually had an impact in the speed and effectiveness of political mobilization and that is what this paper intends to investigate. In addition to this what it is important to look at what would be the best platform or social media medium for political mobilization? Using past studies as well as articles on recent current events such as the Arab Spring and the Tunisia women’s protest I hope to answer this question. Technology in regards to using social media for political mobilization has only been around for less then a decade now and there is much room for it to evolve in upcoming years.

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Presented at the Fall 2014 Undergraduate Student Research Day at Chapman University.

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