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The new politics of protest: young people, social media and news l literacy

Allan, Stuart ORCID: 2013. The new politics of protest: young people, social media and news l literacy. Global Media Journal: Slovak Edition 1 (1) , pp. 10-25.

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For researchers concerned with the changing imperatives of global media literacy, young people’s uses of social media to co-ordinate and articulate dissent with state power is of pressing significance. This article, in taking as its conceptual point of departure a formative intervention in the early days of media education in the UK, namely F. R. Leavis and Denys Thompson’s (1933) Culture and Environment, proceeds to show how long standing assumptions about media engagement are being recast in the age of social networking. In striving to elucidate the political implications of these emergent forms of connectivity, particular attention is devoted to young people’s contributions to real time reportage of civic unrest, including during the riots taking place in several British cities in the summer of 2011. It is argued that research into news literacy must rethink the current emphasis placed on the social competencies associated with news consumption in order to attend to the ways in which young people are actively recrafting social media as resources in the service of elaborating new, empowering forms of civic engagement in public life.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: global; media literacy; young people; social media and networking; conceptualization; F.R. Leavis and Denys Thompson’s (1933) Culture and Environment; media engagement; civic unrest; 2011; British riots; civic engagement
ISSN: 1339-0767
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:05

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