Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest – Book Review

Nahla Bendefaa

Abstract


This review critiques Zeynep Tufekci's Twitter and Tear Gas: The power and fragility of networked protest. Tufekci offers a volume that explores the different ways in which protests and social movements function in the 21st century. With the advent of social media and social networks, Tufekci builds her analysis on her expertise as a social scientist, an activist, and a computer programmer, thus producing a book that is accessible for academics, researchers, organizers, and activists alike.

Keywords


Social movements, Twitter, Online activism, Activism, Social Networks

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