Tuesday, May 18, 2010


So this blog is a project to express my thought processes as I create my research paper discussing Henry David Thoreau's brilliant essay "Civil Disobedience" and the modern forms of civil disobedience demonstrated through online media.

After discussing in class, I think I'm going to plan to write this paper discussing how civil disobedience can be seen in modern times through using social networks online such as twitter. The Iran election is a hot topic right now and so I think I'm going to use this as my main modern times example and continue to tie Thoreau's essay into what I'm studying through the social networks.


  1. Regarding civil disobedience in today's world, I think you really ought to explore what's going on with file-sharing. There is a movement today that strongly criticizes the current model of the music industry and the RIAA, and advocates sharing of music. A lot of people think it is or should be legitimate to share files freely. Just recently, The Pirate Bay, a torrent sharing site that was previously shut down, came back online with a defiant message. See here: http://mashable.com/2010/05/18/pirate-bay-unsinkable/

  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/20/us/politics/20assess.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
    Just found this article about "The old laws of politics have been losing their relevance as attitudes and technology evolve, creating a kind of endemic instability that probably is not going away just because housing prices rebound." Not sure if this relates exactly, but check it out.