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Educational assignment discussion
I aim to improve this page as an assignment for a class in Carnegie Mellon University, upon first impression, it seems like real world examples would make this idea easier to understand. Would it be relevant to discuss the protests in Iran which utilized the twitter platform to coordinate their actions?
I think that's a good start. Maybe the use of social media would be a section of its own. We can try to pinpoint the earliest times when social media was used to organize people. For example: http://www.fastcompany.com/1720692/egypt-protests-mubarak-twitter-youtube-facebook-twitpic from Jan 2011
Iran, like you said (June 2009): http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1905125,00.html
Columbia, in February 2008: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18689653
Would this topic cover March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and similar events? If so, I think we'd have to cover these offline mobilization attempts thoroughly as well.
Yes, we can use these examples and call them something like Online/Social Media examples. upon quick googling I found a paper, and I'm not sure how helpful it can be but it relates to mass mobilization in the form of culture and community as a whole. Check it out and tell me if you think it has potential to be relevant in this wiki context: http://www.march.es/ceacs/proyectos/dtv/pdf/Terrorist%20Violence%20and%20Popular%20Mobilization%20P&S.pdf
Currently the article needs a lot of work. All the content is in the header/abstract, and that has no in-line citation, so it seems like someone's essay. A quick Google Scholar seach on Mass Mobilization shows a ton of material, from at least the Soviet revolution to mobilizing voter turnout in the US to use of technology for mobilizing the masses. A Google Scholar search using the keywords ("mass mobilization" review) gets material that is broad enough for an encyclopedia article.
How should this article be structured -- around events, like the Arab Spring or voter turnover, or around methods of mobilization, like internet-based ones? Robertekraut (talk) 17:29, 23 March 2012 (UTC)