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Social Activism on Twitter: How "Wise" are Online Social Movements?
PhD Candidate (Public Policy), University of Regina
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue
One of the foundations of decision-making since Aristotle is that the mean response of a crowd will produce "wise" answers compared to a smaller group of experts. Famously, James Surowiecki argued that wisdom in a crowd requires such things as diversity of opinion and actor independence, although these circumstances rarely occur naturally. Fortunately, network theory tells us that groups can converge to "wise" opinions after a period of deliberation if the group possesses certain structural features that keep "royal families" from unduly influencing group decisions. Using structural examples from social movements on Twitter, this paper will show some examples of "wise" and "unwise" crowds online and offer some ideas about the implications of each for public policy agenda setting.
Ryan Deschamps is currently a PhD candidate at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School for Public Policy in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada. Formerly a public librarian who was once named a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker", Ryan's scholarly interests include network analysis, energy policy, social media and policy deliberation. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ryandeschamps<http://www.twitter.com/ryandeschamps>
Kim Humes, BPR
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