Young people are revolting on the internet


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Slides from a talk I gave to a group of sixth-formers in my home town, Wallington near Croydon in London. It seeks to connect with another generation, showing the changes - and the similarities - in politics, protest and media between 1971 and 2011.
My blog is and I am director of POLIS at the London School of Economics:

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  • presidential aircraft. You wouldn’t expect to see this jet in Europe very often, as Ben Ali is famous for rarely leaving the country. But Sami and Astrubal used planespotter sites – sites like that allow amateur plane enthusiasts to post their photos – to determine that the President’s jet travels a whole lot more than he does. They He used footage from Google Earth and pictures from the plane spotter sites to make a video that shows the power of the participatory web at its best. Their video raises all sorts of ethical questions – is it permissable for the country’s first lady to take the Presidential jet, fueled and crewed on taxpayer dollars, for shopping junkets in Europe? Foreign Policy magazine didn’t think so, and ran an article critiquing the first lady. They also published instructions on how you, too, can become a presidential planespotter. Sami and Astrubal posted the video on their personal blogs… but as known activists, their blogs have been blocked in Tunisia for years. They also posted it on DailyMotion, a video site popular in the French-speaking world. Shortly after, the Tunisian government blocked access to DailyMotion.
  • Young people are revolting on the internet

    1. 1. Young people are revolting on the InternetWallington 8.3.11<br />Charlie Beckett<br />Director, POLIS<br />London School of Economics<br /><br />@charliebeckett<br />
    2. 2. 1971<br />
    3. 3. 1971 Protest<br />
    4. 4. 1971 Protest<br />
    5. 5. 1971 Protest<br />
    6. 6. Protest 2011<br />
    7. 7. Protest 2011<br />
    8. 8. 1971 Political Journalism<br />
    9. 9. 1971 Political Journalism<br />
    10. 10. 1976<br />
    11. 11. 2011: Middle East in flamesMohamed Bouazizi<br />
    12. 12. Tunisia <br />
    13. 13. Networked media activism<br />
    14. 14. WikiLeaks and Tunisia<br />
    15. 15. WikiLeaks Cable<br />“President Ben Ali is aging, his regime is sclerotic and there is no clear successor. Many Tunisians are frustrated by the lack of political freedom and angered by First Family corruption, high unemployment and regional inequities. …The result: Tunisia is troubled”<br />
    16. 16. Tunisia – Al JazeeraNetworked Journalism<br />
    17. 17. Libya<br />
    18. 18. The power of diffuse networks of ‘weak ties’<br />
    19. 19. UK networked protest?<br />
    20. 20. Questions for all of us <br /> What’s the difference between 1971 and 2011?<br /> What’s different about the Middle East and the UK?<br /> What difference does it make?<br />
    21. 21. Young people are revolting on the InternetWallington 8.3.11<br />Charlie Beckett<br />Director, POLIS<br />London School of Economics<br /><br />@charliebeckett<br />