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Mediated Communities

Civic Voices, Empowerment and Media Literacy in the Digital Era

Edited By Moses Shumow

Mediated Communities brings together a diverse, global cohort of academics and professional communicators to assess the current state of democratic mobilizing around the world and the ways in which protest movements are being transformed in the midst of a communication revolution. Contributors draw on a variety of international settings – from Greece to Lebanon, China to Argentina – to demonstrate the ways in which community organizing in the digital age relies increasingly on digital media to communicate, help participants find common ground, and fight for change. Contributors acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead for creating real and lasting democratic change, but at the same time are able to draw attention to the potential that digital media hold for strengthening citizen voices around the globe.


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List of Tables vii Foreword – Developing Global Perspectives Through Media Literacy ix and Civic Engagement Moses Shumow, USA PART ONE: THEORIZING MEDIATED COMMUNITIES Chapter 1 – Conceptualizing Mediated Communities in an 1 Era of Digital Connectivity Moses Shumow, USA Chapter 2 – Media Literacy and Mediated Communities: 15 Emerging Perspectives for Digital Culture Paul Mihailidis, USA PART TWO: GLOBAL CASE STUDIES Chapter 3 – Ticket to Die: The Tragedy at Once Station and the 33 Civic Use of Social Media in Argentina Christian Schwarz, Argentina Chapter 4 –Civic Voices in the Digital Era: 55 Opportunities and Challenges in Kenya Rosemary Nyaole-Kowuor, Kenya Chapter 5 – Mediating Palestine 75 May Farah, Lebanon Chapter 6 – Reclaiming the Urban Landscape, Rebuilding the 93 Civic Culture: Online Mobilization, Community Building, and Public Space in Athens, Greece Roman Gerodimos, UK CONTENTS    vi Chapter 7 – China: Media Activism in Online Health Communication 115 Cornelia Bogen, China PART THREE: MEDIA LITERACY IN ACTIVATED COMMUNITIES Chapter 8 – Uneasy Relationships: Journalists, Social Media, 137 and the Implications for News Stephen A. Jukes, UK Chapter 9 – From Mediated to Mediator: How Youth Use 157 Digital Media to Open the Public Sphere, Empower Activism and Reclaim Voice Megan Fromm, USA Chapter 10 – The Mexican Movement #Yosoy132 as an Example 171 of Prodience’s Public Engagement Manuel Guerrero and Monica Luengas, Mexico Chapter 11 – Epilogue: Revolutions and Reality: Community Action in 193 an Era of State Intrusion and Corporatization of Digital Networks Moses Shumow, USA Contributors 207 Index 213

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