The Impact of ICT-Based Social Media on Collective Action – Difference in Degree or Difference in Kind?

The following paper will examine social media’s impact on collective action. It will begin with an outline of relevant models of the social movement theory. A description of the role that ICT play in collective action in accordance with these models follows and then continues with a close analysis of the impact social media has on collective action. This work will conclude with a description of the adjustments required in the analysis-framework, as social media changes the collective action equation, with emphasize on the possible dangers that should be avoided when addressing social media’s role collective action.

Shaked Spier
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