Alternative media activism: Anybody hearing the audience?

  by Pantelis Vatikiotis Research interest in alternative media has grown considerably over the last two decades in reference to the appropriation of digital technologies for activist purposes, but are we hearing the audience? The use of social media during uprisings sparked across the world in the emblematic year 2011 (Arab Spring, Indignados, Occupy Movement)…

Emotional Intelligence and Grassroots Epistemology

By Gino Canella, Ph.D.   As media studies scholars, social scientists, and journalists focus on big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, they often fail to consider the importance of emotional intelligence.   “Anger is loaded with information and energy,” Audre Lorde said in 1981. Emotion, according to Lorde, is data.   Feelings are often…

#carnivalofresistance

In January 2017, upon the inauguration of Donald Trump, a petition to the British Parliament reached over 1,8 million signatures, asking for the prevention of the 45th President of the United States to the United Kingdom. A few weeks later, after debating the petition in Parliament, the Government responded that it “believes the President of the United…

Re-framing art activism? (New) research approaches to art and politics

by Paula Serafini   Art activism has been written about. A lot. Politics and art are a good match, and events, exhibitions and publications that address the artistic and the political have been en vogue for a while now. So why keep writing about this stuff? There are a few straightforward reasons: new practices emerging,…

FAKE! and TRUE BELIEVER – two new activist videos by Tom Kalin

As we launch our new look at Re.framing Activism—one put together by the original founder of the website, Rachel Tavernor— we also bring you, below, two new videos about the practices of disinformation and the new US presidency made and published online by the great American filmmaker Tom Kalin, currently professor of experimental film at the European…

Paying for the Revolution in Monopoly Money

by Julian Gottlieb In my last post for RA, I made the case for movements to be more strategically adaptive; to evolve, pivot on issues, and tinker with new tactics. This may seem a bit obvious; duh! movements have to change with the times and try new tactics when old ones decay in efficacy over…

The Productivity of Protest

by Laura Portwood-Stacer I’m writing this post a few days after the world learned that Donald Trump had won enough electoral votes to become the 45th president of the United States. In the hours following the announcement, those who had feared this outcome (even if they didn’t really expect it) rapidly transitioned from denial to…

The Return of Revolutionary Narratives and the Future of Revolution

by Guobin Yang Recently, the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association was held in Philadelphia. The theme of the meeting was “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time.” This sounded like a call for the return of grand narratives. A return, because there was once a time for grand…

Digital Vigilantism as Critical Reinforcement of Law and Order

by Daniel Trottier A recent development in the area of digital media and social movements is the use of mediated visibility as a way to shame and deter targeted individuals. Recent examples include the global outrage Walter James Palmer faced after killing a lion in Zimbabwe, as well as groups in the United Kingdom and…