October 2013

Our fellow students in the other group focusing on social media, Making Sense of Social Media , put up this video yesterday that I would like to share here as well as it connects to several points we have discussed.

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Why not exclusion in social media

by Therese Sjödin on October 21, 2013

in Activism,Social Movements

I want to share this interesting clip of Evgeny Morozov with you, connecting to what I have been discussing here regarding exclusion and expertise in social media for development as well as the debate on “slacktivism” brought up by Peppi.

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Why exclusion in social media

by Therese Sjödin on October 18, 2013

in Activism,Social Movements

Why is expertise privileged in social media debates for development? I have looked into this some more since I find it very interesting how an easily accessible technological tool (for those with internet access of course, which is not a big part of the world looking at the picture below), which at first glance seems […]

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Getting People To the Parks

by Sofia Hafdell on October 17, 2013

in Social Movements

The concept of “Mediated mobilization” may be useful when analyzing social movements or activists mobilizing through the use of new media, in turn promoting participatory democracy (see Lievrouw, 2011). It blurs the lines between the online and the offline by encouraging citizens to take to the streets after organizing via social media. A recent example […]

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Turn Off Your Televisions!

by Sofia Hafdell on October 15, 2013

in Participatory Journalism,Social Movements

While there is a whole debate going on about whether social media improves our understanding of social and political events, many would agree on that social media allow for wider participation. Blurring the line between media consumption and production, as discussed by media scholars such as Mandiberg (2012), social media may be the key tool […]

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Photo source: gwangjublog The Information and Communications Technology (ICT), especially Internet, allows people to expand their knowledge and widen their worldviews, access and share information fast, and learn what is currently happening on the other side of the world. In the globalized world, citizens also become familiar with negative global issues such as poverty, growing […]

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Armchair advocates and social media

by Peppi-Emilia Airike on October 14, 2013

in Uncategorized

In today’s 21st century world, media audiences are more active than in the earlier decades, and they are now also seen as media users, participants and consumers (Lievrouw, 2011; Mandiberg, 2012). The strict line between media producers and consumers has indeed become blurred (Mandiberg, 2012). The new media’s ‘bottow-up’ landscape has created new possibilities for […]

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Professional privilege in social media

by Therese Sjödin on October 14, 2013

in Activism,Social Movements

There are many examples of different usages of social media that would be appropriate to bring up here regarding who participates in ICT4D and how. The ones that I want to discuss with you can be seen as showing similar aspects concerning professional privilege while at the same time being different in the aims and […]

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Something transformational has been happening online. The participators of the social media have changed. African voices have begun populating social media and we are no longer faced with what is called “the danger of a single story”. New stories are being told through social media such as Twitter, Facebook and other forms. These powerful tools […]

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Social media are considered as a potentially effective means of improving the relationship between citizens and the representatives. The web encourage actively contributing, collaboration, social networking and interacting. Citizens are no longer viewed as passive receivers, but rather as actively contributing, collaborating in political processes. The traditional relationship between political elites and citizens is transfomered. With […]

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