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A Call to Arms: A Social Movements Perspective on "Issue" Surfacing on Social Media

Sung W. Kim
University of Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Shaila M. Miranda
University of Oklahoma, U.S.A.


Abstract
The objective of this paper is to present a preliminary model of the emergence of an "issue", initiated by the thought of an individual, communicated via the internet, modified and embraced by new participants, and surfaced into the social consciousness of a large number of people ready to mobilize resources to enact change within their environment. In other words, the theory attempts to understand how a single message, floating in the Sargasso Sea of information, evolves into a movement that demands a particular type of response from private citizens, corporate entities, or governments. The focus of this model is therefore on how an "issue" comes to be surfaced. Key elements of the emergent model include program, identity, and standing claims articulated within messages and the valence, richness and reach of responses to the messages. We briefly consider subsequent consequences of "issue" surfacing for resource mobilization.

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Reference:Kim, S.W., Miranda, S.M. (2010). "A Call to Arms: A Social Movements Perspective on "Issue" Surfacing on Social Media," Proceedings > Proceedings of JAIS Theory Development Workshop . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 10(75). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/10-75
Keywords:Social Media, Social Movements, Web 2.0, Problem Identification, Grounded Theory
Item Type:Article - Volume 10 Article 75 (2010)
Language:English
Email: Sung W. Kim (sungwkim@ou.edu)
Shaila M. Miranda (shailamiranda@ou.edu)

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