Cyber activism: An open relationship between social media and offline change
LE3 .A278 2013
Bachelor of Arts
For my thesis entitled “Cyber Activism: An “Open” Relationship Between Social Media and Offline Change,” I look at the relationship between the role of activism and online social networking. The research I have disclosed provides a foundation of sources that support how social media provides external growth for cyber activism. After watching such social movements like the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall St and Idle No More unfold on the Internet, there is something extremely significant to note with this evolving relationship. There is a distinct measure of involvement in social movements that is achieved through the Internet landscape. This form of political action, via social networking, I have noted in my work is an important aspect of participatory democracy as it exists online, a main attribute to social activism, both on the Internet and within the public sphere. I verified the essential aspects of cyber activism by interviewing activists in the province of Nova Scotia, evaluating my own research in comparison to their own experiences with social media, in respects to activist work.
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