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Mediated Communities

Civic Voices, Empowerment and Media Literacy in the Digital Era

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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Part Two: Global Case Studies

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PART TWO GLOBAL CASE STUDIES ~ Chapter 3 ~ TICKET TO DIE: THE TRAGEDY AT STATION ONCE AND THE CIVIC USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN ARGENTINA Christian Schwarz Police and justice are quite inefficient. If a man who is poor commits murder, and is arrested, he will be imprisoned, and perhaps even shot; but if he is rich and has friends, he will rely on it, and no severe consequence will ensue. It is curious that the most respectable people in the country invariably assist a murderer to escape. They seem to think the individual sins against the governing powers and not against the state…Nearly every public officer can be bribed. The headman in the post-office sold forged government franks. The governor and prime minister openly combined to plunder the state. Justice, where gold came into play, was hardly expected by any one. Charles Darwin’s description of Argentinian society Voyage of the Beagle, 1839 FEBRUARY 22, 2012, was another pleasant morning in the city of Buenos Aires; summer in the Southern Hemisphere was waning and an apparently ordinary day was beginning. But then, around 8:30 a.m., radio stations started reporting that something was happening at the Once railway station, one of Buenos Aires’ three biggest stations, along with Constitución and Retiro. Broadcast television newsreels and news cable channels started running “Breaking News” banners reporting that a train had crashed at the Once station, but there were still no confirmed reports of victims. Later reporting brought the first details of...

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