How To Speak the Truth on Social media: An Inquiry into Post-Dialectical Information Environments

Bunz, M. (2016) How To Speak the Truth on Social media: An Inquiry into Post-Dialectical Information Environments. In: The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics. Routledge, New York, pp. 137-150. ISBN 9781138860766

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Abstract

When the first Independent Media Centers (“Indymedia”) were founded in 1999, their participatory online platforms based on open source technology were meant to be a powerful alternative voice for 'counterpublics'. With the successful rise of social media, however, participatory media became the general mode of communication. With this, the information landscape changed: participatory media suddenly wasn’t a position of essential otherness anymore. This chapter is looking into “How to speak the truth” in a post-dialectical information environment by analysing two media acts in the context of the 2014 riots in #Ferguson, U.S. after the police killing of teenager Michael Brown: the Twitter usage by Democratic alderman @Antonio French, and the rise of the hashtag #iftheygunmedown.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: social media, protest, counterpublic, participation, Foucault, media
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
SWORD Depositor: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Depositing User: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 15:59
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2016 15:59
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/16732

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