Role of Social Media in Social Change: An Analysis of Collective Sense Making During the 2011 Egypt Revolution

Onook Oh, Chanyoung Eom, H Raghav Rao
Information Systems Research,Vol. 26, Issue 1, Pages: 210-223.

This study explores the role of social media in social change by analyzing Twitter data collected during the 2011 Egypt Revolution. Particular attention is paid to the notion of collective sense making, which is considered a critical aspect for the emergence of collective action for social change. We suggest that collective sense making through social media can be conceptualized as human-machine collaborative information processing that involves an interplay of signs, Twitter grammar, humans, and social technologies. We focus on the …
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