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Nomads of cyber-urban space: media hybridity as resistance

Trere, Emiliano ORCID: 2018. Nomads of cyber-urban space: media hybridity as resistance. Mortensen, Mette, Neumayer, Christina and Poell, Thomas, eds. Social Media Materialities and Protest: Critical Reflections, Critical Perspectives on Citizen Media, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 42-56. (10.4324/9781315107066-11)

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The chapter begins with the appraisal of three main fallacies that define the field of digital activism: spatial dualism, technological presentism, and alternativeness. To overcome these fallacies, the material multiplicity of the media practices of the Mexican Barrio Nómada collective are explored. Relying on multi-method engaged research, the chapter scrutinizes the notion of “total communication” that pervades the practices of the Barrio. Total communication involves the incessant navigation of three communicative tensions between: the physical and the digital, the old and the new, the corporate and the alternative. This chapter demonstrates that total communication is not just a matter of communicative abundance, but that technological multiplicity and hybridity can represent forms of resistance per se because sustaining a varied media ecology keeps the dissemination of critical content flowing under every adversity. Illustrating the ways through which the Barrio is able to traverse the complexity of cyber-urban space, this chapter highlights that bodies still reside at the centre of collective action. In contrast to an image of counter-power as a smooth journey between “spaces of places” and “spaces of flows”, it shows that activists’ nomadic practices are relentlessly troubled by the insecurity and uncertainty of Gore capitalism.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138093065
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 13:38

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