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To plank, or not to plank

October 4, 2011

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In Britain, students marched in protest. In the Philippines they planked. Now an anti-planking bill is before the Philippine Congress and has prompted an international internet storm of ridicule and criticism. What started out as a Facebook craze between friends has transmuted into a form of gesture politics or student protest. What is interesting, though, […]

A snapshot of campaigning

September 24, 2011

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Campaigner-blogger Tom Baker has compiled an invaluable snapshot of civil society-government engagement in Britain between 2010 and 20011. In particular it provides interesting insights into who has been able to mobilize mass action by members, on what campaign and aimed at which department between 2010 and 2011. In a field that is generally under-researched nobody […]

Social media, public unrest and American foreign policy

August 24, 2011

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David Cameron set off a media storm when he suggested it might be necessary to block the use of social media should there be a repeat of the London disturbances earlier this month in which looters used BlackBerry Messenger to co-ordinate their activities. This may have just been another case of PR-speak by a political […]