zeynep tufekci

zeynep bw

intro via Howard, here (interview below).

via Howard:

While strong points of view from all quarters are necessary when new technologies are debated in the public sphere, Tufekci captured my attention by her combination of empirical scholarship, ability to tackle nuanced explanations in straightforward prose, and willingness to challenge dunderheaded proclamations by more famous commentators.

pluralistic ignorance defn

reeks of power. the graceful power when people figure out what matters most.

i looked it up. it’s in wikipedia here.


find/follow her here:


zeynep's site

from site:

Exploring the interactions between technology and society. I’m an fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University and an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I was previously a fellow at Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society and an assistant professor of sociology at UMBC –my (previous) university web page can be found here

also linked in post by Howard:

Does Facebook Cause Loneliness? Short answer, No. Why Are We Discussing this? Long Answer Below.

love the – why are we discussing this..


via http://dmlcentral.net/blog/zeynep-tufekci/networked-politics-tahrir-taksim-there-social-media-fueled-protest-style

1- Lack of organized, institutional leadership.

2- Organized around a “no” not a “go.

The closest example to a mass participatory online environment that tries to negotiate complex outcomes is Wikipedia.

3- A feeling of lack of institutional outlet.

4- Non-activist participation.

5- External Attention.

6- Social Media as Structuring the Narrative.

Twitter is the new spin room for the 21st century.

revolution will be tweeted

7- Breaking of Pluralistic Ignorance and altering of Collective Action dynamics.

8- Not Easily Steerable Towards Complex, Strategic Political Action.


Zeynep adds much to insight/conversation/goings-on et al – at Taksim Square – ie: standing man


a selection of her writings ..

zeynep a selection


on Malala and noble peace prize  a careful and thoughtful piece on the Nobel decision :

Fortunately for the world, there is no shortage of such brave, courageous individuals. In fact, there is an abundance of them, especially in poor, authoritarian countries. If you think Malala is rare, that is probably because you have not spent much time in such countries. Most Malalas, however, go nameless, and are not made into Western celebrities.

very fitting with the Jack et al mentality..


on movements..

movements by zeynep

However, this lowering of coordination costs, a fact generally considered to empower protest mobilizations, may have the seemingly paradoxical effect of contributing to political weakness in the latter stages, by allowing movements to grow without building needed structures and strengths, including capacities for negotiation, representation, and mobilization. 

This is not to say that there’s an absence of potentially very significant impacts on political mobilization from digital tools. The rise of online symbolic action – clicking on “Like” or tweeting about a political subject – though long derided as “slacktivism,” may well turn out to be one of the more potent impacts from digital tools in the long run, as widespread use of such semi-public symbolic micro-actions can slowly reshape how people make sense of their values and their politics. Digital tools greatly promote homophily, and thus, potentially, movement formation, by allowing similar-minded people to find and draw strength from each other. These tools also greatly complicate ruling by censorship and also challenge pluralistic ignorance – a situation in which people falsely believe that their privately-held beliefs are in the minority when, in fact, they are not.


social media as convo

How could they both get it so wrong? I believe it is because neither have actually understood how social media works as a conversation and as a community. 

How should it have been written? In one word: When trying to understand social media presence, dear journalists, don’t peruse. Engage. Because that’s how the medium works.


140 journos


no nate

The group chooses to adopt values that are rejected by the society that’s rejecting them.

Lack of critical awareness about the sea in which one swims is a very difficult problem to overcome and requires dropping down defenses to listen, as a first step.

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prejudice long


after the protests

Media in the hands of citizens can rattle regimes. It makes it much harder for rulers to maintain legitimacy by controlling the public sphere. But activists, who have made such effective use of technology to rally supporters, still need to figure out how to convert that energy into greater impact. The point isn’t just to challenge power; it’s to change it.

hoping the last five years have been toward that..


turkeys twitter ban

Let alone be deterred, the number of Tweets in Turkish and from Turkey were close to record-breaking levels.

People in Turkey had banned the ban.

One Twitter user immediately replied to the Presidetn: “What DNS settings are you using to circumvent?” That said so much more than all the commentary. I laughed out loud. So much for the ban.

  • This is a disaster for the Turkish government, but also a great showing by the people in Turkey in their creative, resilient response.
  • People are backing up their networks to WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook and whatever else I probably don’t even know about. The country is fairly wired, and massive media censorship of the past few years has meant social media is a lifeline that many have adopted.

In short, no, it’s not working. It has backfired, it has been defeated for all the purposes that matter.


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