By Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
This number of essays is derived from a convention convened at Princeton collage marking the ten-year anniversary of the cave in of the Soviet Union. the very best minds in post-Soviet reviews thinking about the duty of making a choice on how the post-communist event with transition has proven or confounded traditional theories of political and financial improvement. the result's a wealthy array of writings studying important facets of the transitional decade following the Soviet cave in and the comparative classes discovered.
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In addition, the chapter considers ways in which the state can mobilize the internet for its own interests (rather than assuming the internet is naturally a tool for citizen interest and activism). While this phenomenon may be more directly observed in states such as 22 R E V O L U T I O N S TA L L E D Russia, it is important to reflect that states in a range of regimes deploy the internet as a tool of the state rather than as a beacon of democracy for the masses. Chapter 3 provides an overview of Runet content and community, with a discussion of popular websites and trends in the Russian online sphere.
According to work by Turbine (2007a, 2007b), Russians often have a more practical approach to the nature of rights in their society, using rights-based approaches to resolve concrete problems. By searching for clues of internet activism in a more specific way that reflects the nature of engagement in Russia, this project will be able to provide a better analysis of the role of the online sphere in political engagement in the post-Soviet context. The work in Chapter 6 includes a range of data collection in five distinct questions about the relationship between the issues and the online sphere: where is the information and discussion on the issue located online; who is talking about it via user-generated content; what is being said; why do the users feel moved to engage in online discussion; and how does the internet seem to have affected attitudes or even action?
The researchers also used knowledge of Russian conversation and interchange to categorize the typologies of online exchange in general. They examined the blogs to characterize whether the nature of these conversations could be described as dialogues, monologues, or discussions. They further refined this by coding exchanges as emotional, appeals for calm, or calls to protest. In their research, they did not mention just the appearance of news (as the Gibson and Ward scheme does), but noted whether the news was in the form of an eyewitness report.