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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 188 Democracy 2.0: Movements and Markets in the Participation Economy

The tide of declining civic participation seems to be turning. Facebook groups, cellphone polling, and Twitter revolutions have given everyday people a chance to share their opinions at formerly unheard-of-scales. But some worry that "Democracy 2.0" has become big business. Is all of this engagement really about empowerment? This seminar will explore the economic and political potential of participatory technologies from the standpoint of emerging research on the entanglement of social movements and markets.