Protesters use microblogging tools to make their voices heard in new ways
Protesters use microblogging tools to make
their voices heard in new ways
-Lindsay Ems – Indiana University
Iran 2009 Moldova 2009
G-20 Summit Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009
– Qualitative data
• Traditional news media stories
• Commentary from journalists, academic and quasi-
academic observers and bloggers
– Framing – Gitlin 1980
• Media coverage of events shapes our interpretation of
• Shows protests as “illegitimate sideshows”
Method & Theory
Elliot Madison – Arrested for tweeting the location of police
• Twitter use by protesters was seen as a threat
by governments in all three cases though it’s
actual impact varies in quality and effect.
• Protester-generated content may complicate
framing theory as it is applied to traditional
news coverage of protests.
– Future research and theorizing is needed.