Structural Patterns of the Occupy Movement on Facebook

In this paper we explore the case of online political movements, that coordinate and interact through social media even more often with the advent of the World Wide Web. Our focus is to characterize information consumption patterns by identifying different actors according to their interaction patterns with pages. As the Occupy movement online presents a geographical diversification of groups we address geographical patterns behind information diffusion.   In this work we study a peculiar example of social organization on Facebook: the Occupy Movement – i.e., an international protest movement against social and economic inequality organized online at a city level. We find that activities are not locally coordinated by geographically close pages, but are driven by pages linked to major US cities that act as hubs within the various groups. Such a pattern is verified even by extracting the backbone structure – i.e., filtering statistically relevant weight heterogeneities – for both the pages-reshares and the pages-common users networks.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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