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Proceedings 2017, 1(3), 263; doi:10.3390/IS4SI-2017-03924

Social Media Materialities and Political Struggle: Power, Images, and Networks

Digital Design Department, IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaardsvej 7, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark
Presented at the IS4SI 2017 Summit DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12–16 June 2017.
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Published: 8 June 2017
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Abstract

This research investigates activists’ social media tactics and how these tactics materialize at the intersection of social media materialities and protest. The argument is based on a case study of social media communication by activists involved in the Blockupy action against the opening of the new European Central Bank headquarters in March 2016 in Frankfurt am Main; Germany. We conclude by empirically and conceptually discussing the tension between activist agency and social media materialities.
Keywords: social media; materiality; protest; Blockupy; Frankfurt social media; materiality; protest; Blockupy; Frankfurt
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Neumayer, C.; Rossi, L. Social Media Materialities and Political Struggle: Power, Images, and Networks. Proceedings 2017, 1, 263.

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