Protest 2.0: online interactions and Aboriginal activists

Petray, Theresa Lynn (2011) Protest 2.0: online interactions and Aboriginal activists. Media, Culture and Society, 33 (6). pp. 923-940.

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Abstract

Social movements, like every other aspect of life, have become increasingly reliant on the internet for networking, information sharing and coalition building. This is the case even for disadvantaged groups with few resources and less capacity for utilizing computers and the internet. Aboriginal activists in Townsville have been slow to exert their presence on the web, but are gradually becoming savvy in the use of electronic networking in furthering their cause. They rely on listservs, blogs and, more recently, social networking sites to make their struggle known to a wide audience. In addition to the use of Web 2.0 to supplement 'offline' activism, there is a new form of 'virtual' activism emerging. The rise in 'push-button activism' increases the opportunities for everyday engagement with the state by social movement participants. However, it also changes the notion of participation as marches and demonstrations give way to electronic petitions and Facebook fan pages.

Item ID: 18779
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Aboriginal Australians, digital engagement, online activism, social movements, social networking, web 2.0
ISSN: 1460-3675
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2011 07:05
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change @ 40%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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