Wednesday 05/06/13 2:00-3:00pm
Speaker: Dr Paul Reilly: University of Leicester Title: Social media, sousveillance and civil unrest in the United Kingdom
This paper focuses on the use of social media sites such as Facebook and Youtube to provide alternative perspectives on civil disturbances. It does so by reviewing the relevant literature on the use of social media for sousveillance (often referred to as ‘inverse surveillance’) and presenting the findings of a critical thematic analysis of 1018 comments posted in response to Youtube footage of the disturbances in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol in April 2011. In this way, it will explore whether the use of social media for sousveillance has the potential to elicit support for groups whose narratives do not always feature in mainstream media coverage of civil disturbances.
Wednesday 05/06/13 3:00-4:00pm
Speaker: Jennifer Jones & David McGillivray: University of the West of Scotland Title: Citizen Media: Translating Theory to Practice
This paper focuses on the use of citizen and community journalism as a means of opening up channels of debate and discussion and offering new spaces for critique around major sporting and cultural events. The paper draws on a case study of a participatory arts and media project #citizenrelay (www.citizenrelay.net), which formed a strong community of local reporters and utilised everyday digital tools and techniques to cover the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay in Scotland in the summer of 2012.