Structures of Feeling, Storytelling, and Social Media

The Case of #Egypt

Authored by: Zizi Papacharissi , Stacy Blasiola

The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138860766
eBook ISBN: 9781315716299
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506560


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Every movement has its own story and every era is historicised via its own storytelling tools. For our era, social media platforms provide a variety of ways with which to tell, share and feel our way into developing stories. When we think about the meaning of social media for developing movements of a political, sociocultural, economic, or all-those-things-together nature, we must understand that what these platforms chiefly do is permit movements to frame their story in their own terms. In fact, they go one step beyond that: They permit each individual involved, affiliated, or interested in a movement to become a storyteller, contributing to the collaborative narrative woven online and offline about the movement itself.

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