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  • Harlow (2011), "Social media and social movements: Facebook and an online Guatemalan justice movement that moved offline" Presentation by Juan IRACHE DUESCA
  •  May 10, 2009. Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg was shot dead During his funeral, the following video went viral “Justicia Rodrigo Rosenberg” engaged 28,000 friends in 3 days (Fieser 2009) Online petition against the president collected 5,000 signatures in a week
  • Castells (2001), “networked social movement” Based on cultural values (justice) Loose and semi-spontaneous coalition relying on Internet technologies (Facebook) A locally based movement aiming globally (it caused demonstrations in the United States and Europe) Castells (2001), “social change” Usually triggered by dramatic events or crises
  • Harlows point of view (2012, p. 228) Facebook comments and links asked for offline activism The online campaign “has evolved into a more general pro-justice and anti-violence movement” (values) “the Internet has the capacity for actually creating – not just enhancing – political activism”
  • Anthony and Thomas (2010, p. 1284) “[t]hrough blogs, video-sharing and other forms of participatory publishing, citizens have the potential to set the agenda themselves” UN investigation concluded that the lawyer organised his own murder while being depressed over personal problems Carlos Castresana (head of the UN commission): “Rosenberg “decided to sacrifice his life in exchange for a change in the country” (Carroll, 2012)
  • Youtube comments (2012)
  • Did Rodrigo Rosenberg use the power of social media to frame President Álvaro Colom?
  • Other controversial examples Blog “A Gay Girl in Damascus” — Was written by a man in Scotland — Did it raise awarenes about homophobia in Syria? (Goad, 2011) “KONY2012” documentary — The NGO behind it was not using most of its budget on cooperation — Did it reactivate debate around wars in Africa? (Wasserman, 2012)
  • Joseph (2012, p. 172) ”Social media can be used to communicate misinformation as readily as it can be used to convey reliable information” Therefore, Can deceiving stories have a positive effect setting social topics (and values) in the agenda? Or, do their disappointing outcomes desensitise the population towards subsequent injustices?
  • Joseph (2012, p. 173) “the unmasking of a sock puppet thoroughly discredits any ideas from that source” Cohen (1963, p. 13) Press “may not be successful much of the time in telling people what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling its readers what to think about”
  • This advertising case study suggests that Cohens point of view about press can be applied to social media too.
  • ReferencesAntony, Mary Grace and Thomas, Ryan J. 2010, ‘This is citizen journalism at its finest’: YouTube and the public sphere in the Oscar Grant shooting incident, Washington State University, USA, [accessed 08/09/2012].Carroll, Rory 2010 Lawyer in YouTube murder plot video hired his own assassins – UN, The Guardian, 13 January, [accessed 08/09/2012].Castells, Manuel 2001, The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business and Society, Oxford: Oxford University Press.Cohen, Bernard C. 1963, The Press and Foreign Policy, Princeton, N.J., USA.Elections Meter 1995, Imágenes Álvaro Colom, [accessed 17/09/2012].Fieser, E 2009, A murder prompts demonstrations, Global Post, 16 May, [accessed 08/09/2012].Goad, Jim 2011, Just Another Fairytale Lesbian Blogger From Damascus Takis Magazine, 12 June [accessed 08/09/2012].Harlow, Sumer 2011, Social media and social movements: Facebook and an online Guatemalan justice movement that moved offline, The University of Texas at Austin, USA, [accessed 08/09/2012].jmogarrio 2009, The Unspeakable Murder of Rodrigo Rosenberg (English subtitles), Youtube, [accessed 08/09/2012].Joseph, Sarah 2012, Social Media, Political Change, and Human Rights, Monash University, [accessed 08/09/2012].Latin American Herald Tribune. Friend of Attorney Slain in Guatemala Feels Threatened, Seeks Protection, [accessed 17/09/2012].LeoBurnettWorldwide 2011, Save the Troy Library "Adventures In Reverse Psychology", Youtube, [accessed 08/09/2012].MIR – MИP 2009, Rodrigo Rosenberg case... "Somos Guatemala, queremos Justicia", Flickr, [accessed 17/09/2012].Wasserman, Todd 2012 ‘KONY 2012′ Tops 100 Million Views, Becomes the Most Viral Video in History [STUDY], Mashable, 12 March [accessed 08/09/2012].
  • Discussion Try to remember a news story or information that turned out to be untrue. Think, for example, of emails that you were supposed to forward. Share that story with your classmates and see if they heard about it and — especially— if they knew it was not true. Tweet a link to that story and/or say which effect you think the Internet has on truth and myths. Is it positive or negative? Juan IRACHE DUESCA