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From the Ted Talk by Zeynep Tufekci: Online social change easy to organize, hard to win

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

Now, I want to be clear: The magic is not in the mimeograph. It's in that capacity to work together, think together ____________, which can only be _____ over time with a lot of work. To understand all this, I interviewed a top ________ from the ruling party in ______, and I ask him, "How do you do it?" They too use _______ __________ ___________, so that's not it. So what's the secret? Well, he told me. He said the key is he never took sugar with his tea. I said, what has that got to do with anything? Well, he said, his party ______ getting ready for the next ________ the day after the last one, and he spends all day every day meeting with voters in their homes, in their _______ parties, circumcision ceremonies, and then he meets with his colleagues to compare notes. With that many meetings every day, with tea offered at every one of them, which he could not refuse, because that would be rude, he could not take even one cube of sugar per cup of tea, because that would be many kilos of sugar, he can't even calculate how many _____, and at that point I realized why he was speaking so fast. We had met in the _________, and he was already way over-caffeinated. But his party won two major elections within a year of the Gezi protests with comfortable margins. To be sure, governments have different resources to bring to the _____. It's not the same game, but the differences are instructive. And like all such stories, this is not a story just of technology. It's what technology allows us to do converging with what we want to do. Today's social _________ want to operate informally. They do not want institutional __________. They want to stay out of politics because they fear corruption and __________. They have a point. Modern representative democracies are being strangled in many countries by powerful interests. But _________ this way makes it hard for them to sustain over the long term and exert leverage over the system, which leads to frustrated protesters ________ out, and even more corrupt politics. And politics and democracy without an effective challenge hobbles, because the causes that have inspired the modern recent movements are crucial. Climate change is barreling towards us. Inequality is stifling human growth and potential and economies. ________________ is choking many _________. We need movements to be more effective.

Solution

  1. leadership
  2. extensively
  3. countries
  4. digital
  5. starts
  6. cooptation
  7. technology
  8. dropping
  9. turkey
  10. operating
  11. afternoon
  12. built
  13. table
  14. authoritarianism
  15. collectively
  16. election
  17. official
  18. kilos
  19. movements
  20. wedding

Original Text

Now, I want to be clear: The magic is not in the mimeograph. It's in that capacity to work together, think together collectively, which can only be built over time with a lot of work. To understand all this, I interviewed a top official from the ruling party in Turkey, and I ask him, "How do you do it?" They too use digital technology extensively, so that's not it. So what's the secret? Well, he told me. He said the key is he never took sugar with his tea. I said, what has that got to do with anything? Well, he said, his party starts getting ready for the next election the day after the last one, and he spends all day every day meeting with voters in their homes, in their wedding parties, circumcision ceremonies, and then he meets with his colleagues to compare notes. With that many meetings every day, with tea offered at every one of them, which he could not refuse, because that would be rude, he could not take even one cube of sugar per cup of tea, because that would be many kilos of sugar, he can't even calculate how many kilos, and at that point I realized why he was speaking so fast. We had met in the afternoon, and he was already way over-caffeinated. But his party won two major elections within a year of the Gezi protests with comfortable margins. To be sure, governments have different resources to bring to the table. It's not the same game, but the differences are instructive. And like all such stories, this is not a story just of technology. It's what technology allows us to do converging with what we want to do. Today's social movements want to operate informally. They do not want institutional leadership. They want to stay out of politics because they fear corruption and cooptation. They have a point. Modern representative democracies are being strangled in many countries by powerful interests. But operating this way makes it hard for them to sustain over the long term and exert leverage over the system, which leads to frustrated protesters dropping out, and even more corrupt politics. And politics and democracy without an effective challenge hobbles, because the causes that have inspired the modern recent movements are crucial. Climate change is barreling towards us. Inequality is stifling human growth and potential and economies. Authoritarianism is choking many countries. We need movements to be more effective.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
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logistical tasks 2
ruling party 2
capacity signaled 2
platform called 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
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