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Social media and activism in Barcelona: an early field report

November 15, 2010

Mediacciones Seminar
Social media and activism in Barcelona: an early field report

Update 18 November: slides will be in English, oral presentation in Spanish

Friday 26 November, 2010, 4-6 pm
Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Open University of Catalonia
Media TIC – Sala 6C
Roc Boronat, 117 (near Glories)
Barcelona

In this informal presentation I will discuss the early stages of my current anthropological fieldwork into social media and activism in Barcelona. The aim of this research is to determine what difference, if any, social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) are making to local activist practices and actions. In the talk I will outline my working assumptions, theoretical framework, methodology and early findings, with special reference to three social movements, namely free culture (aka digital rights), animal rights and pro-independence.

Dr John Postill
IN3, Open University of Catalonia
Sheffield Hallam University
http://twitter.com/JohnPostill

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