Media Shift: Social Media Alone Do Not Instigate Revolutions

Here’s an interesting article sent around by Media Shift today, regarding the use of social media in revolutions – and touching on the importance of personal networks and the inventiveness of individuals in such situations rather than the specific communication tools at hand. Not that the specific tools aren’t important.

There’s a companion article also circulated by Media Shift, “Social Media, Facebook Help People Stand Up,” taking the view that social media are helpful in specific ways. Not incompatible views, obviously, but interesting juxtaposition.

About M.E. Luka

Mary Elizabeth (“ME”) Luka is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, HASTAC Scholar, and doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Joint Program in Communication at Concordia University, where she’s probing the meaning and potential of “creative citizenship,” including the work of artists and creative producers in daily life. Her scholarly research and teaching interests focus on production practices and creativity in cultural media production and more generally the creative and cultural industries, and the intriguing dynamics—and networks—generated at the intersection of the arts, broadcasting and digital production. Currently, Luka is teaching a graduate course in media, culture & society at Mount Saint Vincent University. In addition, ME is an award-winning producer and director for television and digital media as well as an experienced consultant in art, culture and media. She is an active leadership volunteer, including as Vice-Chair of Arts Nova Scotia, the new funding body for many artists and arts organizations in the province. For fun, she likes - umm - art, culture, and media, as well as travel, friends and family. @meluka01 | http://moreartculturemediaplease.com
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