Old Media Still Active – Word of mouth and persuasion

Communication for Development likes what’s new. Where most academic communities are bound by cautious incrementalism, C4D has always sought to keep up with the times, trading a little certainty to gain more relevance. That disciplinary bias towards novelty is often helpful – but it is important to look back too. In talking about New Media, we would do well to evaluate how new it really is. And in doing so, we …

How to approach new media and activism

This blog will deal how new media is used by activists and social movements for development. This is a large field of analysis and through the different contributions made, we hope to examine the contemporary state of play highlighting what new information communication technology (ICT) offers social movements, how it is implemented and the discussions around its use. We will reflect on what ICT means for development. The traditional divide between …

Crowdvoice: Reporting violence on the #OromoProtests in Ethiopia

The failure of many governments to enforce basic rights and make good on the promises of power holders has impelled people to seek another means by which they may not only demand but also instigate the changes they desire (Jack DuVall, 22 September 2013). There are hundreds of social movements and campaigns for rights and reform, and against abuses and oppression. Governments are trying to quell dissent by silencing the protesters and …