Participatory Media In Social Media

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Social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, enable its users to engage in political discussions regarding current events, due to the decentralization of traditional media. The shift from traditional and unilateral media, as for instance television and broadcasting services to interactive and modern media, enables the recipients to participate in discussions. “The structural power [which was] traditionally held by the media to shape and disseminate news about the world and the limitations of the individual foreign correspondent as a conduit to global events have now met the radically disseminated world of digital media” (Owen 118). Further, „Neue Medien [wie die oben genannten] bieten attraktive und praktische Mittel,…show more content…
The American scholar and television personality Marc Lamont Hill defines Nobodyness as those who are “abandoned by the State” (18), and “considered disposable” (19). In addition, “Nobodyness is largely indebted to race” (19) and “cannot be divorced from other forms of social injustice” (19). Therefore, participatory media can be used by the segregated and minoritoes, the so called “Nobody[s]” (18), in order to form a counter public for demands, illustrated by “Black women - cis and trans, […] with little access to institutional power [who] have played […] [a] role in shaping recent national conversations about […] police brutality […] with the creation of hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter” (Jackson 377). Participatory media, therefore, can be considered a response to exclusionary mass media that features mainstream estimations and prohibits a dialog between parties. This dialogue on interactive online platforms can facilitate this active, “polyvocal citizenship” (Milner 2361), intending that the previously “marginalized will have a means to find information and engage in public conversation on more equal footing” (Milner 2361). However, “millennial activists have rejected […] politics that guided much of the civil rights movement of the 1950s as 1960s and have turned to new technologies as a tool for the promulgation and solidification of messages, nurturing a counter public community that centers the voices of those most of the at the margins” (Jackson 376). Thereupon, the marginalized or “Nobody[s]” are enabled “to […] confront systematic form[s] of state violence” (Hill 18) as police brutality through participatory media as
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