activism & social media
the new, new social activism?

Tuesday, February 25, 14
social activism
• intentional action
• aimed at societal change
• focus on BOTH structural and everyday
change

Tuesday, F...
social justice
• producing a ‘just’ society
• focus on the distribution of rights,
opportunities, and resources

• inequal...
What is democracy?
• A political system for choosing and replacing

government through free and fair elections.

• Active ...
democracy + public sphere
• key distinction public / private
• place of and for dissent
• demonstrations...++

Tuesday, Fe...
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
MLK: letter from a Birmingham Jail
You may well ask: "Why direct action? Why sit-ins,
marches, and so forth? Isn't negotia...
social movements
• frame agendas around KEY ISSUES and
take action

• offer alternatives
• create dialogue
• force a chang...
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
global media and dissent
• WHAT / WHO

makes it into the
news and HOW

• media can control:
• images
• categories (what)
•...
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
add social media
• as ‘citizen media’
• increase visibility
• challenge the state and corp power
• more voices...
Tuesday,...
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
hype and hope
Gladwell & Mirani

Tuesday, February 25, 14
what is a ‘twitter revolution?’

Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
the “Arab Spring” 2010-2011...

Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
slacktivism?

Tuesday, February 25, 14
Tuesday, February 25, 14
mr. splashy pants...?
http://www.ted.com/talks/
alexis_ohanian_how_to_make_a_splash_in_
social_media.html

Tuesday, Februa...
Tuesday, February 25, 14
not all or nothing
• multiple fronts
• what is the action in social action?
• how do movements make change?
• what counts?...
where’s the change?
• what are the benchmarks for success?
• what are their goals (short, medium, longterm)

• types of go...
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  1. 1. activism & social media the new, new social activism? Tuesday, February 25, 14
  2. 2. social activism • intentional action • aimed at societal change • focus on BOTH structural and everyday change Tuesday, February 25, 14
  3. 3. social justice • producing a ‘just’ society • focus on the distribution of rights, opportunities, and resources • inequalities and structural abuses of power at multiple levels • citizens + democracy Tuesday, February 25, 14
  4. 4. What is democracy? • A political system for choosing and replacing government through free and fair elections. • Active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life. • Protection of the human rights of all citizens. • A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens. Tuesday, February 25, 14
  5. 5. democracy + public sphere • key distinction public / private • place of and for dissent • demonstrations...++ Tuesday, February 25, 14
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  11. 11. MLK: letter from a Birmingham Jail You may well ask: "Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches, and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?" You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Tuesday, February 25, 14
  12. 12. social movements • frame agendas around KEY ISSUES and take action • offer alternatives • create dialogue • force a change in the TERMS of the debate Tuesday, February 25, 14
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  15. 15. global media and dissent • WHAT / WHO makes it into the news and HOW • media can control: • images • categories (what) • voices (who) Tuesday, February 25, 14
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  19. 19. add social media • as ‘citizen media’ • increase visibility • challenge the state and corp power • more voices... Tuesday, February 25, 14
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  23. 23. hype and hope Gladwell & Mirani Tuesday, February 25, 14
  24. 24. what is a ‘twitter revolution?’ Tuesday, February 25, 14
  25. 25. Tuesday, February 25, 14
  26. 26. the “Arab Spring” 2010-2011... Tuesday, February 25, 14
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  31. 31. slacktivism? Tuesday, February 25, 14
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  33. 33. mr. splashy pants...? http://www.ted.com/talks/ alexis_ohanian_how_to_make_a_splash_in_ social_media.html Tuesday, February 25, 14
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  35. 35. not all or nothing • multiple fronts • what is the action in social action? • how do movements make change? • what counts? Tuesday, February 25, 14
  36. 36. where’s the change? • what are the benchmarks for success? • what are their goals (short, medium, longterm) • types of goals (social, political, legal...) • what types of SM do they use for each? Tuesday, February 25, 14

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