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Social Movement & Social Media: A qualitative study of Occupy Wall Street
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This project is important to the research in both the fields of social movement and of social media and their growing relationship.  This report has analyzed the responses of several key role players in one of the biggest social movements in American history, Occupy Wall Street.  Social media was used as a tool for both communication and information gathering amongst all those who were involved in the movement in a variety of capacities.  The relationship and change that is occurring between traditional media and social media as information sources is also examined.  Through qualitative analysis the importance that the role that social media now commands in our society in the context of social movements specifically became clear.  The results will show the significance of this work and its importance in understanding the role that social media will continue to play in future social movements in the digitized public sphere of the 21st century. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
Occupy Wall Street, social media, social movement, traditional activist, modern activist
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16787OAI: diva2:539573
Subject / course
Media and Communication Studies
2012-05-04, MC246, Alfred Nobels allé 7 Flemingsberg, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Article manuscript 7,5 hp par of degree: ‘Social media is our media’: two individual activists’ perspectives oftheir relationship with the uses of traditional and social media duringOccupy Wall StreetAvailable from: 2012-07-04 Created: 2012-07-04 Last updated: 2012-07-05Bibliographically approved

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