The Handmaid’s Tale-Inspired Protests

Mass media might be enormously persuasive, but people’s principal main way to engage with mass media is passive receptive. According to Leah A. Lievrouw (2011), exposure to or reception of a message might or might not provoke a receiver to act. 

Pro-choice supporters at a Rosa rally in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

One recent message that has made a powerful impact is The Handmaid’s Tale, which has inspired protests because it does not merely contribute content to a demonstration, it has become a symbol of resistance. People all over the world are wearing red cloaks and white bonnets to protest various injustices, particularly regarding women’s rights. 

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Setting the Scene: New Media Activism for Social Change

Welcome to our new blog!

Over the next six weeks, we will explore what we think are some of the most interesting themes in new media activism for social change.

Coming from different academic, professional and cultural backgrounds — and based in different parts of Europe and the world — we will bring different perspectives to the discussion. This blog will mix theory with reflections on practice. We will sound off about techno-utopianism, positive and negative aspects of new media activism and some of the top trending issues in the blogosphere —as well as covering glocal events that employ new media for social change (locally and globally) with varying degrees of success.

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