Using Twitter to mobilize protest action : Online mobilization patterns and action repertoires in the Occupy Wall Street, Indignados, and Aganaktismenoi movements


Theocharis, Yannis ; Lowe, Will ; Deth, Jan W. van ; García-Albacete, Gema



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2014.948035
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/136911...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: Information, Communication & Society : ICS
Volume: 18
Issue number: 2
Page range: 202-220
Place of publication: London
Publishing house: Routledge
ISSN: 1369-118X , 1468-4462
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: The extensive use of social media for protest purposes was a distinctive feature of the recent protest events in Spain, Greece, and the United States. Like the Occupy Wall Street protesters in the United States, the indignant activists of Spain and Greece protested against unjust, unequal, and corrupt political and economic institutions marked by the arrogance of those in power. Social media can potentially change or contribute to the political communication, mobilization, and organization of social movements. To what extent did these three movements use social media in such ways? To answer this question a comparative content analysis of tweets sent during the heydays of each of the campaigns is conducted. The results indicate that, although Twitter was used significantly for political discussion and to communicate protest information, calls for participation were not predominant. Only a very small minority of tweets referred to protest organization and coordination issues. Furthermore, comparing the actual content of the Twitter information exchanges reveals similarities as well as differences among the three movements, which can be explained by the different national contexts.

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Theocharis, Yannis ; Lowe, Will ; Deth, Jan W. van ; García-Albacete, Gema (2015) Using Twitter to mobilize protest action : Online mobilization patterns and action repertoires in the Occupy Wall Street, Indignados, and Aganaktismenoi movements. Information, Communication & Society : ICS London 18 2 202-220 [Article]


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