Review of paolo gerbaudo s tweets and the streets

A Facebook event was created titled "January I argue that far from inaugurating a situation of absolute "leaderlessness," social media have in fact facilitated the rise of complex and "liquid" Bauman, forms of leadership which exploit the interactive and participatory character of the new communication technologies.

Young people resented them because of random searches and harassment. A person decided not to participate tomorrow, he is sitting in front of his computer and writes comments on Facebook saying: We are the Facebook generation. Countering the spatial dispersion of contemporary societies, Facebook messages and activist tweets have constructed a new sense of social centrality, focused around "occupied squares," which are thereby transformed into trending places, or venues of magnetic gatherings, with a great power of emotional attraction.

Yet animated by a libertarian critique of hierarchy shared by many contemporary movements, these leaders do not want to be recognised as such. He critically unpacks the myth of a new "networked-politics". An Emotional Choreography In this book I argue that social media, as utilized in contemporary social movements, have been chiefly involved in the creation of an emotional choreography of assembly, understood as the mediated "scene-setting" and "scripting" Alexander et al.

By discussing issues activists are constantly Review of paolo gerbaudo s tweets and the streets with in their day-by-day ground operations, the book hopes to inspire and contribute to an organizational rethinking.

It is the academic and pundit debate about the so-called Facebook or social media revolutions: And this is where the first strength of the book lies. Cairo [6] The "ultras"? Authors like Manuel Castells, in his work on networks, and of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, in their discussion of multitude and swarms, have depicted the contemporary digital society as one marked by irreducible multiplicity, flexibility, and horizontality; individuals do not have to be fused into collective subjects in order to act together.

This is what I try to do in the book, delving into the contradictions between discourses and practices, and in particular the contradiction between the emphasis on participation in activist culture, on the one hand, and the continuing presence of a diffuse charismatic leadership in contemporary movements, on the other hand.

Cairo [4] Interview with Mustafa Shamaa? Cairo [8] Interview with Sally Zohney?

Tweets and the Streets : Social Media and Contemporary Activism

While changing the object of my research, I have also come to be increasingly skeptical of a series of ideas which animated my previous research, in particular the cult of spontaneity, horizontality, and networks, which became so dogmatic in the anti-globalization movement and is still reflected in contemporary movements.

Studying social media indeed bears much promise for those interested in the transformation of contemporary society, if only we are capable of going beyond the fetishism with objects and technologies that has so far dominated the stage. Social Media and Contemporary Activism. Then why are you saying that you are going to attend on Facebook?

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The thesis of my book goes against much of the grain of theorizing about social media, but also more general theoretical work about the information society, cognitive capitalism, etc.

Before the 25th OK we had the event on Facebook of the 25th of January revolution, and you have many people saying attending, attending, attending and you say: In my book, counter to this strand of theorizing, I emphasize the continuing importance of questions of unity in collective action.

My intention was to make the book not only a scholarly inquiry, but also a platform of self-reflection for activists. This previous work, conducted during my PhD studies at Goldsmiths College in London, has been retrospectively useful for identifying the specificity of contemporary movements vis-a-vis the anti-globalization movement, and in particular the popular and majoritarian character of contemporary movements.

What real impact did these movements have on neoliberal hegemony? All we do is post on Facebook. Miriyam Aouragh Paolo Gerbaudo As activists well know the internet can be used in multiple ways. Pursuing these questions allows me to open up my analysis to questions of radiclal politics and collective identity, and to the insights of authors like Ernesto Laclau, Alberto Melucci, and Zygmunt Bauman.

The hashtag OccupyWallStreet, for example, really peaked after the pepper spraying NYPD was caught on camera and the Daily Show and other media reported on it causing waves of indignation.

What is the content they channel through them? I show how social media are used by activists as emotional conduits to facilitate the coming together of an individualized constituencies around common identities, common places, common names, and formats of action.

The idea of the book is to be an academic book, but an academic book that can speak to publics beyond academia, in particular to the activist community to which it is ideally addressed.

Who do you hope will read this book, and what sort of impact would you like it to have? Just like conventional choreographers in the field of dance, these core organizers are for the most invisible on the stage itself. Ghonim was aware of the risk.

Critical social media studies is tentatively the type of investigation I want to conduct in the future. An how does this effect the movement. It offers a new concept to explain how social media mediates between online communication and actual physical gatherings.

Secondly, the metaphor serves to express the fact that social media are not about creating "cyberspace" opposed to physical reality. Scepticism was thus unsurprisingly rife: And they would say:Oct 30,  · Paolo Gerbaudo is a political sociologist and the Director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King's College, London.

He is the author of Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism (Pluto, ), The Mask and the Flag: Populism, Citizenism and Global Protest, (Hurst, ) and The Digital Party: Political /5(56).

Paolo Gerbaudo As activists well know the internet can be used in multiple ways. Two of its characteristics are as a space of debate and dissent, and a tool of resistance. Paolo Gerbaudo’s, ‘Tweets and the Streets’ presents an elaborate empirical assessment of social media in regards to modern day activism.

The author basis most of his claims.

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/5.

Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism

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