Cute Cats to the Rescue? Participatory Media and Political Expression
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Participatory media technologies like weblogs and Facebook provide a new space for political discourse, which leads some governments to seek controls over online speech. Activists who use the Internet for dissenting speech may reach larger audiences by publishing on widely-‐used consumer platforms than on their own standalone webservers, because they may provoke government countermeasures that call attention to their cause. While commercial participatory media platforms are often resilient in the face of government censorship, the constraints of participatory media are shaping online political discourse, suggesting that limits to activist speech may come from corporate terms of service as much as from government censorship.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory
Youth, New Media and Political Participation
Zuckerman, Ethan. "Cute Cats to the Rescue? Participatory Media and Political Expression." Chapter in Youth, New Media and Political Participation, Danielle Allen and Jennifer Light, editors. (under review, MIT Press)
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