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Democracy's Fourth Wave?: Digital Media and the Arab Spring
Did digital media really "cause" the Arab Spring, or is it an important factor of the story behind what might become democracy's fourth wave? An unlikely network of citizens used digital media to start a cascade of social protest that ultimately toppled four of the world's most entrenched dictators. Howard and Hussain find that the complex causal recipe includes several ...more
Hardcover, 145 pages
Published March 29th 2013 by Oxford University Press (UK)
(first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 23, 2013 Jehnie rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A book that asks as many questions as it answers. Howard and Hussain do an admirable job compiling a lot of current information to show the distinct role that social media has played in organizing and advocating for civil society in non-democratic regimes.
Philip N. Howard is a professor and author of seven books, including Democracy’s Fourth Wave? and The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. He is a frequent commentator on the impact of technology on political life, contributing to Slate.com, TheAtlantic.com and other media outlets.