Scholars interested in social media use in times of crisis around the world might find valuable Social Media Go to War: Rage, Rebellion and Revolution in the Age of Twitter,
published this week by Marquette Books in Seattle as the final book in a trilogy that examines media behavior in conflicts over the past decade. Edited by Ralph D. Berenger, the book features 29 chapters from 39 international scholars, and includes case studies of social media usage in Cuba, Georgia, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States. President Obama's extraordinary use of social media in the 2008 and 2012 elections is detailed by a campaign insider, and Wisconsin's budget fight is studied. There's also a chapter by a senior Air Force officer on the Department of Defense's changing position regarding social media use by enlisted personnel in conflict zones. Special sections are devoted to Iran's 2009 post-election uprising and how social media was used to spread information globally about what was taking place on Tehran's streets. Another section is devoted to the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan two years ago, and the aftermath. The book's first section is devoted to the ideologies, theories and policies of social media, and includes a chapter by the legendary media scholar, John C. Merrill, who passed away in September while the book was being edited for publication. The book is dedicated to his memory. The book is a companion to the critically acclaimed Global Media Go to War: Role of News and Entertainment During the 2003 Iraq War
(2004), and Cybermedia Go to War: Role of Converging Media During and After the 2003 Iraq War
(2006). Taken together, the three volumes provide an interesting look at how media have transitioned from macro to micro media, and, finally, how media usage has demassified to empower small groups and individuals. For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/SocialMediaGoToWar
for a table of contents and a special publisher's offer on all three books.