Tweets and the Streets Social Media and Contemporary Activism

ISBN-10: 074533248X

ISBN-13: 9780745332482

Edition: 2012

Authors: Paolo Gerbaudo

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Analysing the experience of participation of activists involved in the anti-globalisation movement, in the Arab Spring, and in the indignados protests in Spain and Greece, the book examines the connection between new media and new spaces of protest. Dispelling some of the techno-deterministic myths about the rise of a a cyber-activism detached from physical space, the volume underlines how different media (from graffiti to Twitter and Facebook) used by contemporary activists are responsible for constructing a common sense of place and of direction among protesters, without which collective action would not be possible. By following this thread the book powerfully points to the creative possibilities but also to the risks of individualisation and evanescence which underlie the contemporary experience of protest in Europe and in the Arab World.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 10/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.46" long x 0.20" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Paolo Gerbaudo is a cultural researcher, a journalist and an activist interested in social movements and social change. He has been an Associate Lecturer at the Media department of Middlesex University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Sociology department of the American University in Cairo (AUC). He is also an experienced freelance journalist, writing for Soundings and Culture Machine and acting as the UK correspondent of Italian daily newspaper il manifesto.

Introduction
The Choreography of Gathering
Keep Moving: Anti-globalisation and the Tourist Imaginary
#Tahrir and Tahrir: Social Media and the New Arab Street
Toma la plaza! the Indignados and the Assembling of Outrage
OccupyEverything: of Tactical Innovations and Popular Festivals
Trending Places: the Liquidity of Involvement in Contemporary Activism
Conclusion
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