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Journalism, Activism and Community: Solidarity networks and information eco...
Wed 8 June 2016, 16:00 – 18:00 BST
Dr. Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia) - Journalism, Activism and Community: Solidarity networks and information ecologies
In 2007 the generalized economic, social and political crisis let to the disruption of social and political identities and loosened the ties between citizens and economic and political elites. The dislocation of the existing identities opened up the space for the articulation of new forms of collectivity led to contentious political action. In Greece, the 2011 Indignant protests were followed by the creation of local solidarity groups trying to offer relief from the humanitarian crisis at stake. Through metonymic displacements from the site of the protests to the solidarity networks, demands, practices and meanings were articulated in an attempt to construct a ‘people’ standing against the political and economic elites of the country.
The information and communication channels among the Aganaktismenoi (Indignant) protesters and among solidarity activists and wider strata, place social media at the core of these processes. Utilizing a discursive methodology, this paper analyses twenty interviews with activists involved in both the indignant movement and the solidarity networks, in order to examine how elements and practices from the protests were rearticulated in solidarity networks. Rather than claiming a privileged position for social media however, the paper looks at the articulatory process leading to a complex information ecology.
Our analysis puts in question widely accepted frames that overemphasize the democratic potential of social media, arguing instead that this potential is embedded in the particular context in which resistance politics emerge.
Dr. Marina Prentoulis is Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics at the University of East Anglia. A member of SYRIZA, since 2015 she has been appearing on British and international media as an expert on the Greek government negotiations with the EU. She is currently working on on social movements in Europe.
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