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Social Media and Revolution: The Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement as Seen through Three Information Studies Paradigms

Julia Skinner
Florida State University, USA


Abstract
Using three Information Studies paradigms--the physical metaphor, cognitive metaphor, and social informatics--this paper discusses how researchers might approach the study of social media and revolution. Drawing from the Arab Spring and Occupy movements, with specific examples from Occupy Oakland, it provides potential research questions and methods that would be appropriate within each framework. It concludes by reminding readers that each paradigm is a tool that can be used to view a subject from a certain perspective, and that they should be chosen and combined based on the research topic and research questions. This approach allows us to envision the paradigms as lying along a spectrum rather than existing as discrete points that cannot be synthesized.

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Reference:Skinner, J. (2011). "Social Media and Revolution: The Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement as Seen through Three Information Studies Paradigms," . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 11(169). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/11-169
Keywords:social media, Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland, protest, paradigms, social informatics, physical paradigm, cognitive paradigm, research methods
Item Type:Article - Volume 11 Article 169 (2011)
Language:English
Email: Julia Skinner (js11j@my.fsu.edu)

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