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Tools for Radicals: Implications of Emerging Technologies for Community Organizers
(2012)
  • David Marroquin, Eastern Michigan University
Abstract

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests have relied on social media to propel the message and mobilize resources and social capital. Social media platforms and new technology employed at OWS have galvanized concerned citizens with unprecedented effectiveness and speed. This research project was conducted at regional and national OWS events and meetings to demystify the steps between the passive act of sitting behind a computer screen using social media and engaging in direct participatory social and political action. Findings are presented, along with recommendations for the future role technology and social media can play in community organizing at the neighborhood and local level.

Keywords
  • community organizing,
  • digital activism,
  • social justice,
  • praxis,
  • radical social work
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Publication Date
Spring 2012
Citation Information
David Marroquin. "Tools for Radicals: Implications of Emerging Technologies for Community Organizers" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david_marroquin/1/