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International Relations 2.0: The Implications of New Media for an Old Profession


  • We are grateful to Henry Farrell, Stu Shulman, Patrick Meier, David Kinsella, Alex Montgomery, Steve Saideman, Dan Nexon, Jason Wilson, and Susan Glasser for their assistance and feedback.


The International Relations (IR) profession has not fully taken stock of the way in which user-driven information technologies—including Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Wikipedia—are reshaping our professional activities, our subject matter, and even the constitutive rules of the discipline itself. In this study, we reflect on the ways in which our own roles and identities as IR scholars have evolved since the advent of “Web 2.0”: the second revolution in communications technology that redefined the relationship between producers and consumers of online information. We focus on two types of new media particularly relevant to the practice and the profession of IR: blogs and social networking sites.

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