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Networked Publics and Digital ContentionThe Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia$
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Mohamed Zayani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239763.001.0001

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Mediatizing the Revolution

Mediatizing the Revolution

The Appeal of Social Networks

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Networked Publics and Digital Contention

Mohamed Zayani

Oxford University Press

This chapter maps out online micro-practices that favored the inconspicuous entry of the youth into the political arena. Focusing on the immersive use of social media platforms like Facebook, it identifies alternative forms of political action and highlights the emergence of media-induced counter-politics that appealed to a generation of aspiring digital natives who resented the state’s intrusion in their everyday lives. Having mapped out the extent to which social media took hold among a segment of the population, this chapter then shifts the focus to the popular protests that swept Tunisia at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, paying special attention to the way media was used and consumed during the revolution. The chapter also explores the significance of a new communication environment that is defined by the increased interpenetration between social media networks, citizen journalism, and satellite television. Focusing on how Al Jazeera’s antiestablishment inclination and openness to new information and communication technologies connected with cyber-activism, the chapter also demonstrates how hybrid communication practices that involve new and legacy media are redefining the category of the political.

Keywords:   social movement, social media, digital activism, hybrid media system, citizen journalism, Facebook, Twitter, Al Jazeera, revolution, digital networks

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