From masterchef to the Arab Spring via Wikileaks: social media and political change

Huijser, Henk and Little, Janine (2011) From masterchef to the Arab Spring via Wikileaks: social media and political change. New Zealand Online Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 1 (1).

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Abstract

This comparison between Bahrain and Australia shows how the main impact of social and mobile media has been in the form of facilitators of rapid political mobilization, as well as tools for everyday socializing and entertainment. Social media are both contributors to, and symptomatic of, a blurring of the boundaries between politics and entertainment, and public and private spheres, whether their users are in Australia or Bahrain, but they are not in themselves the makers of material sites of democracy or even agency.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Open access journal.
Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 00:19
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: social media, political change, mobile media, Arab Spring, Wikileaks, Slactivism, Hactivism
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21377

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