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Cyber social-networks and social movements Case study: Tehran (2009-10)
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Author(s)
Soran Shangapour, Seidawan Hosseini, Hashem Hashemnejad
KEYWORDS
socio-political movements, cyber social networks, virtual societies
ABSTRACT
While communication scholars suggest that cyber social networks can serve as an important resource for social movement communication, few studies examine which and how special features of these social networks actually can intensify social movements and weaken government's authority. However, our study highlights the importance of various key factors affecting the interaction between cyber social networks and social movements. The most important factors are ongoing network leadership, user practices, and online-offline participation. Furthermore, we considered prominent factors of third space and virtual societies related to Tehran citizens that can lead cyber activism to social movements. This article also seeks for considering a key question for socio-political pluralists in the digital era and virtual societies.
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