How to Speak the Truth on Social Media

An Inquiry into Post-Dialectical Information Environments

Authored by: Mercedes Bunz

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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This chapter will look into the use of digital media in the context of political activism and will describe and analyse the oppositional use of media in regard to two different platforms: the global participatory platform Indymedia, created to cover political and social issues underreported by mainstream news; and the use of Twitter to report and oppose the brutal and fatal treatment of black people by U.S. police during the Ferguson unrest after the shooting of teenager Michael Brown, underreported by mainstream news.

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