Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Beyond the Protest Square: Digital Media and Augmented Dissent
Beyond the Protest Square: Digital Media and Augmented Dissent
This new book examines how citizens use digital social media to engage in public discontent and offers a critical examination of the hybrid reality of protest where bodies, spaces and technologies resonate. It argues that the augmented reality of protest goes beyond the bodies, the tents, and the cobblestones in the protest square, incorporating live streams, different time zones, encrypted conversations, and simultaneous translation of protest updates into different languages. Based on more than 60 interviews with protest participants and ethnographic analysis of online content in Ukraine and Russia, it examines how citizens in countries with limited media freedom and corrupt authorities perceive the affordances of digital media for protest and how these enable or limit protest action.
The book provides a nuanced contribution to debates about the role of digital media in contentious politics and protest events, both in Eastern Europe and beyond.
Dr Tanya Lokot is Associate Professor in Digital Media & Society in the School of Communications, Dublin City University. She has been researching activism, protest, internet governance, and freedom online for over a decade. Her research has been published in Information, Communication & Society; Digital Journalism; Surveillance & Society; Irish Studies in International Affairs; and Social Media + Society. Tanya’s work has appeared in the edited collections Gender Hate Online and The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication. Her writing has also appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Moscow Times, and RTÉ Brainstorm. She is a board member of the Theorizing the Web Conference and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Digital Research Group at DCU.
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