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Digital Activism in the Social Media Era : Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in Sub-saharan Africa
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In a continent booming with mobile innovation and a plethora of social networking sites, the Internet is being considered a powerful platform used by pro-democracy activists to negotiate and sometimes push for reform-based political and social changes in Africa. The ubiquity of blogs, along with microblogging sites like Twitter, social media outlets including Facebook and mobile telephony makes a strong case for the digital convergence’s ability to facilitate and in some cases inhibit political activism. Gladwell (2010) posits that the new tools of social media have reinvented social activism. But is that the case in Africa and if so, what has changed, how? This book probes the vitality, potentiality and ability of new communication and technological changes to drive online-based civil action across the continent. It discusses and theorises digital activism within social and geo-political realms analyzing cases such as Arab Spring, Occupy movement, Hashtag Activism (2014 Chibok kidnapping) to question the extent to which they have changed the dynamics of digital activism in sub-Saharan Africa.
Genre: Social Science
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Street Date: January 10, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-2865