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    Flash mobs and smart mobs: a study in social network coordination and mobilization
    (2012-11-21) Montealvo, Janet
    Social media platforms both online and through mobile devices utilize new media to strengthen social networks in order to promote human rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. When individuals assemble there is a collective intelligence inherent in the organization of the group. One of the most popular models in mass coordination and mobilization is the trend known as a flash mob which uses ordinary channels of communication to collaborate and coordinate without the general public or authorities knowing about it beforehand. The mobs that use the power of social network mobilization to prompt change are often referred to as smart mobs. On January 21, 2001, a smart mob in the Philippines effectively used text messages to generate a protest that led to the fall of President Joseph Estrada. The simple text messages including “Go 2EDSA, Wear blck.” reached more than a million citizens as witnessed by their participation in the silent protest. In this paper I will argue that these mobs use the power of social network mobilization to express their point of view and to prompt change. I will also seek to answer questions concerning the formation and rationale of these mobs. Why do individuals participate in these mobs? How do these mobs measure their success? What motivates the individuals who conceive and instigate these smart mobs? What happens when that power is wielded for unscrupulous ends?
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    Facing the other man: a reading of Kate Chopin's love affair stories from the Confucian perspective
    (2012-04-18) Wan, Xuemei
    In her love affair stories, Kate Chopin actually raises the question: “How to face ‘the other man’ out of marriage?” which reflects her own and some of her heroines’ inner conflicts. Her statement in the diary and some of her heroines’ attitudes to that question remind us of reading them from the Confucian Perspective. Both the stories and Confucianism have the same key words as “love” and “rituals” or “orders” or “laws.” According to Confucianism, everyone needs love, but the love with morals is more beautiful. For example, from these perspectives, we can see the love in the story of “A Respectable Woman” reflects the attribute of beauty of “Doctrine of the Mean,” and the relationship among the three main characters in the story accords with the “Five Orders”— the Confucian cardinal human relations that between the ruler and the ruled; parents and children; the husband and wife; siblings and friends. Therefore, we can consider that the heroine in the story has overcome the temptation of “the other man” out of her marriage. The desire between them has been restrained into a golden mean love with social ethics, which was advocated by Confucius (551-479BC) to be perfectly good and beautiful, enlightening moderns to live on the earth poetically.
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    Why you already know what remediation is but have never heard of it
    (2012-04-18) Montgomery, Sydnie; Tanner, Mattie