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Future Internet 2012, 4(1), 83-91; doi:10.3390/fi4010083

When Atoms Meet Bits: Social Media, the Mobile Web and Augmented Revolution

University of Maryland, 2112 Art-Sociology Building, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Received: 29 November 2011 / Revised: 12 January 2012 / Accepted: 18 January 2012 / Published: 23 January 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Transformations from the Mobile Internet)
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Abstract

The rise of mobile phones and social media may come to be historically coupled with a growing atmosphere of dissent that is enveloping much of the globe. The Arab Spring, UK Riots, Occupy and many other protests and so-called “flash-mobs” are all massive gatherings of digitally-connected individuals in physical space; and they have recently become the new normal. The primary role of technology in producing this atmosphere has, in part, been to effectively link the on and the offline. The trend to view these as separate spaces, what I call “digital dualism”, is faulty. Instead, I argue that the digital and physical enmesh to form an “augmented reality”. Linking the power of the digital–creating and disseminating networked information–with the power of the physical–occupying geographic space with flesh-and-blood bodies–is an important part of why we have this current flammable atmosphere of augmented revolution.
Keywords: augmented reality; collective action; mobile phones; occupy; protest; social media augmented reality; collective action; mobile phones; occupy; protest; social media
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Jurgenson, N. When Atoms Meet Bits: Social Media, the Mobile Web and Augmented Revolution. Future Internet 2012, 4, 83-91.

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