clear and supported thesis needed.
This week’s lecture describes a way to think about the relationship between technology, social movements, and state repression of them–affordances and constraints–and briefly introduces the setting for your research brief. This week’s readings describe a few different case studies of technology used by social movements and against social movements. Your research brief will draw on these readings as examples of particular strategies you might use or against which you might compare your own strategy.
For this week’s brief, imagine you are either leading a mass movement to occupy UMD College Park and win your demands (see below), or the National Guard’s attempt to quash that movement. Your thesis will describe your general strategy for using digital technology to win your campaign and why it will work. Your evidence will explain what you will do and how it will work, drawing on our readings.
Per lecture, UMD students repeatedly occupied campus in the 1970s to protest the draft, the US bombing campaign in Cambodia, and the University’s relationship with the military (in both its research and as a space for recruitment). Why would this happen again? Imagine it is February 2021. The country has sunk into an even deeper economic recession because of the lack of federal action on the pandemic, unemployment, and distressed businesses. Before he left office, President Trump initiated a ground war in Venezuela. The draft may be re-instituted, but even if it’s not, a lot of people, especially Latino folks, are angry about money being spent to invade a small South American country when millions are out of work at home. Seniors are terrified about graduating into an economy with 15% unemployment. And to top it all off, echoing Governor Martin O’Malley’s response to the 2014 state budget deficit, Governor Larry Hogan has said that the UMD must make up its budget deficit by immediately charging every student a new, mid-year $2000 fee. Students who do not pay the fee will have their Spring 2021 registration cancelled. But the straw that breaks the camel’s back, similar to the 1970 protests, is state violence. A UMPD officer puts a Black male student in the hospital, similar to the 2016 incident in Courtyards, during an attempt to arrest him for an off-campus robbery he did not commit.
Similar to 1970, hundreds of students immediately begin occupying dorms and academic buildings to protest the police violence, the fee, the war, and the economic crisis. The protests and occupations spread as UMPD reacts clumsily, pepper spraying students in front of TV cameras. The movement has two demands:
1) Leadership must resign. This means Governor Larry Hogan, UMD President Pines, and UMPD chief David Mitchell.
2) The $2000 fee must be immediately reversed.
Administration has not indicated they will meet the demands. They are deeply concerned about the protests, which are gaining headlines across the country and only further stressing the campus’ budget during a recession. They have asked Governor Hogan to send in the National Guard. He has agreed. The National Guard’s goal is end the protests with a minimum of violence, but to make sure the movement realizes that these actions are unacceptable.
You take on the role of either a protest leader or a National Guard officer. You must plan how you will achieve your goals, and how you will use whatever technology at your disposal to win. Students can assume they have unlimited expertise and unlimited personnel but very limited funds. National Guardsmen can assume they have unlimited expertise and funds, but limited personnel. The movement is big but stretched, the authorities are well-organized but relatively smaller.
>>>>These are the reading materials for the week. Only pull from these sources to make connections and support analysis:<<<
Top Quality and Well-Researched Papers
All ourbpapers are written from scratch. In fact, Clients who ask for paraphrasing services are highly discouraged. We have writers ready to craft any paper from scratch and deliver quality ahead of time.
Professional and Experienced Academic Writers
Our writers keeps you posted on your papers progress - providing you with paper outline/draft. You are also at liberty to communicate directly with your writer.
Free Unlimited Revisions
If you think we missed something, send your order for a free revision. You have 10 days to submit the order for review after you have received the final document. You can do this yourself after logging into your personal account or by contacting our support.
Prompt Delivery and 100% Money-Back-Guarantee
All papers are always delivered on time, in many cases quite ahead of time. In case we need more time to master your paper, we may contact you regarding the deadline extension. In case you cannot provide us with more time, a 100% refund is guaranteed.
Original & Confidential
We use several writing tools checks to ensure that all documents you receive are free from plagiarism. Our editors carefully review all quotations in the text. We also promise maximum confidentiality in all of our services.
24/7 Customer Support
Our support agents are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and committed to providing you with the best customer experience. Get in touch whenever you need any assistance.
Try it now!
How it works?
Follow these simple steps to get your paper done
Place your order
Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.
Proceed with the payment
Choose the payment system that suits you most.
Receive the final file
Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.
No need to work on your paper at night. Sleep tight, we will cover your back. We offer all kinds of writing services.
No matter what kind of academic paper you need and how urgent you need it, you are welcome to choose your academic level and the type of your paper at an affordable price. We take care of all your paper needs and give a 24/7 customer care support system.
Admission Essays & Business Writing Help
An admission essay is an essay or other written statement by a candidate, often a potential student enrolling in a college, university, or graduate school. You can be rest assurred that through our service we will write the best admission essay for you.
Our academic writers and editors make the necessary changes to your paper so that it is polished. We also format your document by correctly quoting the sources and creating reference lists in the formats APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago / Turabian.
If you think your paper could be improved, you can request a review. In this case, your paper will be checked by the writer or assigned to an editor. You can use this option as many times as you see fit. This is free because we want you to be completely satisfied with the service offered.