Week 9 Reflection – Self-Organization

This week in my social internet course, we discussed self-organization. For tonight’s class we discussed each assigned reading by first coming up with a thesis statement for the paper.

For those of you who might not know, a thesis statement is defined as: “a short statement, usually one sentence, that summarizes the main point or claim of an essay, research paper, etc., and is developed, supported, and explained in the text by means of examples and evidence”

This allowed us to quickly summarize the articles – their purpose, goals and findings, and support for their findings, which then led to a discussion on the paper. This type of class set up really gave me a better understanding of the papers.

Key points from class, in my opinion:

  1. Our society is seeing a shift in “power” between organization and individuals related to online activism.
  2. The internet has taken away previous barriers related to activism – e-mail is free and allows you to reach a multitude of individuals quickly as appose to cutting out articles, copying them and then paying to mail them to people.
  3. Organized hashtags are very powerful.
  4. The internet allows people from all over to connect about topics they are interested in.

A popular example of self-organizing would be Anonymous which has received a lot of news coverage in recent years. For anyone interested in articles related to Anonymous I would highly suggested reading Vanity Affairs article – 4chan’s Chaos Theory, which was one of our assigned readings that was very interesting!


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