As protesters across the United States take part in today’s May Day General Strike, we at Social Media Chimps thought we’d take a look at the relationship between Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring. In the above video, Yale sociology professor Jeffrey Alexander talks about revolution in today’s social media universe. Alexander, author of “Performative Revolution in Egypt,” … [Read more...] about Tahrir Square and Zuccotti Park — Did One Lead to the Other?
Filmmaker David Sauvage spoke with Social Media Chimps Thursday night about how he became involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement last fall, and the events that eventually led to the creation of Occupy.com, an online media hub for the movement dedicated to hosting multiple forms of media and art in support of the cause. Sauvage, a director whose work includes music videos … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Occupy.com Creator David Sauvage
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told Social Media Chimps on Wednesday that her campaign’s model for political action takes much inspiration from Tunisia and Egypt, where the youth of those nations last year defied all expectations and ultimately succeeded in changing the political climate, sometimes with deft utilization of social media tools. Standing in New … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Green Party Presidential Hopeful Jill Stein on Social Media in Politics
It’s a common thread in our nation’s dialogue. Traditional news organizations are on the decline, while self-made bloggers and citizen journalists rise in both popularity and reach. Traditional journalists shake their heads as bloggers curate content, cut corners and cheerlead for their causes, and citizen journalists marvel at the audacity of reporters in a dying profession as … [Read more...] about From Blogger to Journalist — 5 Tips for Improving Your Reporting