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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Social Movement Identity: Roundup from Networked Movements

Gabi has done a nice job summarizing last week's blog posts from the networked social movements seminar, which this week was focused on collective identity processes. Cross posting for the civic media crowd (or read the original post here):

The People's Mic: Dancing Between Collective and Personal Identities? - Amy

Leo Bonanni exposes the backbone of globalization with SourceMap


Let's combine forces and build a credibility API

The last two days of the Truthiness conference, co-hosted by the Berkman Center for the Internet & Society and MIT's Center for Civic Media, exposed a rich cross-section of people, research, and applications dedicated to fighting misinformation in its many forms. We spent the day Tuesday discussing the wide world of facts and falsehoods, with an embarrassing collection of brains on hand to inform us on the history, cognitive psychology, and best practices of encouraging a healthy respect for reality. The challenge ahead, now that all the mini eclairs are gone, is to convert the goodwill, knowledge, and collaboration generated by this conference into a united front against delusion. Here's my pitch.

Research Proposal: Civic Media in China

In democratic countries, activists of social movements tend to create adversarial or controversial scenes to attract attention from media and expand their influence in society. This strategy aims to generate pressure from the public to the authority, and thus increase the possibility of success of the movements. However, scholars of Chinese studies find the strategy of resistance in authoritarian countries is not explicitly adversarial. Activists often position themselves in line with the official ideology so as to obtain rightful identity. Based on this discussion, my approach further invites the factor of media ecosystem in discussion. Strategies adopted by activists are inherently mediated by the media environment if they reach out for the support of the public.

I propose that in a complex media ecosystem in China, a more effective strategy of positioning is non-adversarial, if the appeal made by actors is materialistic. If the appeal of the movement is about high politics supported by oppositional ideologies, actors will adopt an adversarial strategy, but the information about this movement cannot flow to mainstream channels of Chinese media ecosystem.


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