“Far from the Official Lights of Facebook Walls and Pages”: Backstage Activism and the Enduring Significance of Internal Communicative Dynamics within Digital Social Movements

by Emiliano Treré In 2012, after one year as a lecturer in Mexico, an unexpected event changed both the face of the country and the direction of my research. During the national elections in May, the #YoSoy132 movement emerged as a new social actor asking for transparent ballots, denouncing the manipulation of the Televisa media…

Paths of “Empowerment” Swept under the Starry Rug

by Marina Fuser Patricia Arquette’s speech upon receiving the Oscar for best supporting actress (Boyhood) was met by an enthusiastic round of applause, sighs and tears of joy by an audience that is rather favourable to gender equity. Nevertheless, the reception of this discourse involved much suspicion and skepticism in Feminist circles due to the…

Articulating Dissent: Protest and the Public Sphere

by Pollyanna Ruiz The mainstream’s current lack of familiarity with the organisational strategies of coalition movements has resulted in a tendency to perceive different types of order as a threatening, potentially violent, lack of order. Partly as a result of this misrecognition, the communicative strategies of coalition movements have frequently been viewed as evidence of…

Decolonizing Coexistence: Beyond Hebdo

By Marina Fuser This was a disturbing weekend for humanity: from Paris to Nigeria, from Lebanon to São Paulo, we have experienced ultimate demonstrations of violence against people that, by all means, did NOT deserve such fate. While Brazilian military police chased, dropped tear gas bombs and shot rubber bullets against an unarmed crowd fighting…

Networked Critical Masses

by Dan Mercea I am going to start this opinion piece with an oft-heard claim: democratic participation is deteriorating to the point that many of us observing it have become cautious if not pessimistic in our assessment of the strength of democracy. Evidencing this bleak outlook would be the rise of runaway populism bearing little…

Consumption Today: Thoughts on the ‘Buy Nothing Day’

by Eleftheria Lekakis Consumption today overtakes our everyday spaces. Advertising penetrates our vistas. We are increasingly asked to rebrand ourselves, to go on the quest of a better future. We consume material and immaterial objects on a daily basis. Yet, our consumption pollutes our environment, both material and mental, argued Kalle Lasn in his book…

“We’re doing it slow” – Community Archives as Protest Spaces

by Anne Kaun (Södertörn University) Community archives as self-organized spaces storing and working with ephemera, posters, books, pins, fanzines and other material forms are crucial to protect the voices of the movements beyond mainstream History writing. Community archives have been of importance since social movements emerged in the USA especially since the civil rights movement…

Mediation and Crisis: Secret City and the Role of Radical Documentary

The Free University Brighton will be having a screening of Secret City after a talk by Tim Lines at the Marlborough Theatre on November 25th, 7pm. More details here. Lee Salter talks about Secret City. Secret City is a zero-budget documentary film by Michael Chanan (Roehampton) and Lee Salter (Sussex). It charts the rise to…

Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture

Re. Framing Activism‘s readers are sure to want to know about an upcoming conference on Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture. It will be held at the University of Sussex, 6-8 February 2015, is supported by the School of Media, Film and Music and the Sussex Centre for the Visual and is co-organised by our original…

UKIP Research and Activism Resources

The European elections are taking place this week. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has dominated UK media coverage of the elections and is reportedly on track for a landslide victory. However, anti-UKIP activists have also been occupying the media coverage, from Twitter requests to post back UKIP flyers to subverting billboards, creative activist actions have…