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Twitter and Tear Gas

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Zeynep Tufekci is a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, and a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society.


"This comprehensive, thought-provoking work makes a valuable contribution to understanding recent political developments and provides a clear path by which grassroots organizers can improve future efforts."-Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly "Twitter and Tear Gas is packed with evidence on how social media has changed social movements, based on rigorous research and placed in historical context."-Hannah Kuchler, Financial Times -- Hannah Kuchler Financial Times "A striking and original conclusion: today's low barrier for organizing a movement can also lead to its long-term frustrations. Tufekci's superb book will define the debate on social protest for years to come."-Dani Rodrik, author of Economic Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science -- Dani Rodrik "Tufekci is undoubtedly the most qualified person in the world to explain the meaning of political collective actions catalyzed and coordinated by social media. She knows the technology, the social science, and the politics-and she is the rare academic observer who was at the scene, from Istanbul to Cairo to New York."-Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution -- Howard Rheingold "Incisive and illuminating, Tufekci's book arrives at the perfect moment, right when we desperately need our activism to become smarter and more effective than ever before, or else."- Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age and co-founder of the Debt Collective -- Astra Taylor "There have been many lessons for social movements since I spoke to crowds in Tahrir Square who had gathered after a call on a Facebook page I had launched. This incisive, unique, and timely book--brimming with stories and insightful analyses of protest movements--offers a much-needed perspective on politics and protest in the digital age."- Wael Ghonim, activist and author of Revolution 2.0 -- Wael Ghonim "Tufekci understands 21st-century protest movements both as a scholar and as a participant, from the Arab Spring to Zucotti Park. In Twitter and Tear Gas, she merges her experiences into a singularly brilliant examination of how movements work and when they don't."-Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus -- Clay Shirky "Informative and exciting read! Tufekci is in the perfect spot between activist and researcher to provide insights that only few can. This book sets new grounds for the analysis of social media and political mobilization."-Rasha Abdulla, author of The Internet in the Arab World: Egypt and Beyond -- Rasha Abdulla "Many have asked why people rebel, but few describe how. Here, Tufekci uses firsthand observation to offer an intelligent and informed examination of the tools and nature of today's political protests."-Vali Nasr, author of The Dispensable Nation and The Shia Revival -- Vali Nasr "A brilliant work. In a world of tweet-sized summary judgments, Tufekci provides readers with a depth of analysis and important insights that ought to be read by every diplomat and activist."-Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation, U.S. Department of State -- Alec Ross "For all the claims that new technologies afford grassroots movements new power, research on the topic is rare. Tufekci's book provides just that-and a cautionary conclusion."-Doug McAdam, author of Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America -- Doug McAdam

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