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Masudul Biswas & Carrie Sipes

Masudul (Mas) Biswas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of digital media at Loyola University Maryland’s Communication Department. Before joining Loyola, Biswas was a faculty at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. His broad research interests are media and politics; media and diversity; and web content strategy. Biswas is also site editor and webmaster of Media Diversity Forum.

Carrie Sipes, Ph.D., assistant professor of public relations, teaches courses in writing, strategic communication and research methods. Her research interests include strategic communication, health communication, social media and website usability. She serves as the faculty advisor to PRSSA.

Social Media in Syria’s Uprising and Post-Revolution Libya: An Analysis of Activists’ and Blogger’s Online Engagement

Masudul Biswas and Carrie Sipes perform a comparative content analysis of Twitter and Facebook posts from a sample of Syrian and Libyan activist groups. By considering online content in the context of post-revolution Libya and the continuing upheaval in Syria, the authors shed new light on online activist agenda-setting. They find that while social media is used as a tool to maintain and expand momentum during revolution, in a post-revolution climate the same media serves as a venue for idea-sharing and political discourse.

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