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25th October, 2012

Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism

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25th October, 2012
Council Room Kings Building, King's College London
Free, but booking required
Part of the Arts & Humanities Festival 2012: Metamorphoses, transformations and conversionsBook Launch is presented by the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries

Chair: Dr Tim Jordan – Acting Head of Department Culture Media and Creative Industries, King’s CollegeAuthor: Paolo Gerbaudo – Lecturer, Digital Culture and Society, King’s College

Discussant: Dr Joss Hands – Senior Lecturer, Media and Communication Studies, Anglia Ruskin University

Tweets and the Streets analyses the culture of the new protest movements of the 21st century. From the Arab Spring to the ‘indignados’ protests in Spain and the Occupy movement, Paolo Gerbaudo examines the relationship between the rise of social media and the emergence of new forms of protest. Gerbaudo argues that activists’ use of Twitter and Facebook does not fit with the image of a ‘cyberspace’ detached from physical reality. Instead, social media is used as part of a project of re-appropriation of public space, as a means to ‘choreograph’ the physical assembling of participants around ‘occupied’ places such as Cairo’s Tahrir Square or New York’s Zuccotti Park. An exciting and invigorating journey through the new politics of dissent, Tweets and the Streets points both to the creative possibilities and to the risks of political evanescence which new media brings to the contemporary protest experience.

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