Protesters use microblogging tools to make their voices heard in new ways

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These are the slides for my National Communication Association Presentation on microblogging and protests.

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Protesters use microblogging tools to make their voices heard in new ways

  1. 1. Protesters use microblogging tools to make their voices heard in new ways -Lindsay Ems – Indiana University
  2. 2. Iran 2009 Moldova 2009 G-20 Summit Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009 Three Cases
  3. 3. • Method – Qualitative data • Traditional news media stories • Commentary from journalists, academic and quasi- academic observers and bloggers • Theory – Framing – Gitlin 1980 • Media coverage of events shapes our interpretation of events. • Shows protests as “illegitimate sideshows” Method & Theory
  4. 4. Twitter: a protest tool
  5. 5. • 62.63 62.63 % to 33.75% Iranian Protests June 13-16, 2009
  6. 6. Moldovan Protests April 5-7, 2009
  7. 7. G-20 Protests September 22-25, 2009
  8. 8. Elliot Madison – Arrested for tweeting the location of police
  9. 9. • 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. Conclusion/Discussion

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