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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Steurt Strickland, Feb. 18, 2012

Putin on trial? Fake video goes viral in Russia:

A startlingly realistic fake “breaking news” video purporting to show the arrest and trial of Vladimir Putin has gone viral, garnering well over 3 million hits since it was posted on YouTube on Monday.

Styled as a breaking news item, it also charges Putin under Article 205 of Russia’s criminal code “as a person who assisted in an act of terrorism to intimidate the population.”

Any Russian will immediately recognize this as a reference to a still unsolved 1999 wave of apartment bombings that killed almost 300 people in their sleep, transfixed Russians with fear, and led to the overwhelming victory of the tough-talking former KGB agent, Putin, in parliamentary and subsequent presidential polls.

Very creative and powerful use of social media for political protest, here!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=sUZ_duWCXI4
Steurt Strickland
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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Bedford Wells, Feb. 17, 2012

A good segment on the impact of social media on the moral decision making among teens and young adults — an area of sociological understanding that is becoming increasingly important.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=u1MX5lnoK-g
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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Marco Masoni, Feb. 16, 2012

ProCon encourages students to explore the question: Are social networking sites good for our society?

http://socialnetworking.procon.org/
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Discussions Discussion Search Engines, Technology, and Business
Wendy Bachman, Feb. 8, 2012

OPINION: Is Pinterest just a beautiful but sad fantasy land?

I’ve found that some part of my time on Pinterest is just spent looking at the lovely lives of others and re-pinning, re-pinning and re-pinning. Whether it’s things I wish I was eating or places I wish I was or people I wish I looked like or a bag I wish I could afford.

http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2012/02/is_pinterest_just_a_big_sad_fantasy_land.html

Although 90% of my time on Pinterest is productive and about collecting together images I need to refer to in the future (like a gadget I want to write about for Shiny, a recipe I want to cook or a place I want to visit in summer), others were pinned in a dreamy daze and I know I’m not the only one who’s done that in the past few weeks, even if none of you are willing to admit it.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jmJIph56Pxs
Wendy Bachman
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Discussions Discussion Social Media: Interesting Tid Bits and Best P…
Megan McCausland, Feb. 6, 2012

If Wikipedia were a book it would be 2.25 MILLION pages. If facebook were a country it would be the world’s third largest. Plus other hard to believe facts: http://snip.it/snips/82820

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62635486@N05/6833515015/
Megan McCausland
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Discussions Discussion Social Media: Interesting Tid Bits and Best P…
Megan McCausland, Feb. 2, 2012

I’m newly addicted to Pinterest! I love it in my personal life, but I’m thinking it could also be very valuable for helping my nonprofit tell its story. Here’s a page with marketing ideas for Pinterest.

http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/31147/the-ultimate-guide-to-mastering-pinterest-for-marketing
Megan McCausland
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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
JP Lopez, Jan. 30, 2012

Twitter, Democracy, and Internet Freedom

Twitter has taken fire in recent days from activists and bloggers who fear that the company’s new censorship policies will muffle online freedom. The company has introduced technology allowing them to censore tweets on a country by country basis.

News reports recall the ways in which protestors have had made use of Twitter to oppose dictatorships, and dissidents express concern that their ability to communicate will be harmed.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/29/twitter-democracy-and-internet-freedom/

The more immediate issue, however, may lie elsewhere. Twitter’s new policies demonstrate vividly the complicated relationship between Internet freedom and democratic government.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UOgf580xb-o
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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Hillary Campbell, Jan. 29, 2012

Cars Circle Central Moscow in Anti-Putin Protest

Thousands of cars flying white ribbons or balloons circled central Moscow on Sunday in a show of protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. More protesters stood along the side of the road waving white ribbons and flags as the vehicles passed, their horns blaring.

Putin is running in a March 4 presidential election to reclaim the post he held from 2000 to 2008. He is expected to win, but is under pressure to show he can win fairly.

The protest movement has been driven by young professionals, cultural figures and other members of the urban middle class, many of them connected through online social networks.

http://en.ria.ru/society/20120129/171015604.html
Hillary Campbell
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Discussions Discussion Search Engines, Technology, and Business
Dan Thompson, Jan. 25, 2012

Beepl Launches A Site That Can Read Your Mind…sort of - Twitter-Simple “Social Q&A”

People, meet Beepl. It launched to the general public yesterday in the online expertise-sharing/question-and-answer sphere after a short private test run. Branding itself as a “social Q&A site” that “lets users seek answers and opinion from subject specialists, enthusiasts and their social graph,” Beepl also “understands the topics that questions relate to and users’ interests and expertise so that questions automatically reach the best people to reach them.” That bit of lateral thinking differentiates Beepl in a pretty bustling market, but it’s only one of the novel surprises from the company (starting with the lack of a launch press release).

fastcompany.com/1808897/beepl-launches-with-a-simple-lateral-approach-to-expert-questions

http://youtube.com/watch?v=eChOVHqSG7s
Dan Thompson
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Discussions Discussion Fashion Design
Tamara James, Jan. 25, 2012

How the Fashion Industry Is Embracing Social Media

Marc Jacobs has done an impressive job integrating its brand into the traditional social media sites, but the high fashion brand really shines when it comes to its work with Foursquare.

http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2012/01/24/how-the-fashion-industry-is-embracing-social-media/

Victoria’s Secret has nearly 17 million likes on Facebook, and is currently engaging over 250K users at any given time. The brand is also over-active on Twitter and YouTube, extending its social media reach into every conversation possible.

Clearly, there’s no reason for the fashion industry not to embrace social media. In many ways, seeing the fashion industry communicating with consumers almost humanizes it. It allows customers to voice opinions right to the source while showing off.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=U75MR4_lXx8
Tamara James
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  • Eduardo Cestaro Eduardo Cestaro Feb. 10, 2012
    I enjoyed this article, thanks for sharing it. Currently I am investing in a Fashion Blog with a group of friends and acquaintances so it's nice to see that it is growing worldwide.

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