'Performing' protest in Jamaica: the mass media as stage

Johnson, Hume Nicola (2008) 'Performing' protest in Jamaica: the mass media as stage. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 4 (2). pp. 163-182.

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Abstract

Contemporary citizen activism, especially street protests and demonstrations, can hardly be imagined without the mass media to amplify and sustain its message as well as mobilise a following and encourage support. The attendance of news media at the site of protest campaigns also exerts a powerful influence on their overall functioning and management and particularly on the 'performance' of protestors. Using empirical data from Jamaica and drawing on aspects of Douglas Kellner's (2003) work on media spectacle, I explore this acute interdependence between popular protest and popular media; the varied and multiple ways in which the news media, particularly television, are integral to the performance of protest in Jamaica, how protestors manoeuvre themselves, and deploy spectacle to secure their interests within the media spotlight. Conversely, I explore the media's coverage and treatment of protest and protestors and what impact, if any, this may have on how protestors are driven to 'perform' them.

Item ID: 6460
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Jamaica, protest, performance, politics, civil society, media, television
ISSN: 2040-0918
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2010 01:36
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9403 International Relations > 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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