[csaa-forum] Media at Sydney presents: Assoc. Prof. Alfred Hermida - 'Hashtag Dissent: How the #IdleNoMore Protests Took On Mainstream Media Narratives Through Twitter'

Madeleine King maddyking22 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 3 16:09:37 CST 2013

Media at Sydney presents:

*Hashtag Dissent: How The #IdleNoMore Protests Took On Mainstream Media
Narratives Through Twitter*

By Assoc. Professor Alfred Hermida

Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia, Canada

Tuesday 26th November 2013

A growing body of research points to how social media, and specifically
Twitter, is emerging as a hybrid space for the cultural production of
journalism, with citizens are involved in the flow, framing and
interpretation of news. Studies into recent social movements such as Occupy
Wall Street indicate how committed individuals are appropriating social
media as one of the tools to articulate a counter narrative, and contest
dismissive framing by mainstream media. These movements do not have
specific, concise demands that can be easily explained by the media, but
present an open-ended, unspecified meta-narrative where participants create
their own meaning.

One such movement is Idle No More. This presentation will discuss how
activists in Canada mobilised around the #Idlenomore hashtag and used
Twitter to advance their message of dissent. What started as an Aboriginal
protest in December 2012 developed into a loosely knit political movement.
Twitter served as an alternative platform of public communication that
facilitated the visibility of a marginalized social reality. This talk will
discuss how engaged elites on Twitter shaped the message, often at odds
with the narratives in mainstream media. The research provides insights
into how engagement with networked technologies by people outside news
organisations neutralise, challenge or reinforce the power of media
institutions to construct social reality and how it reconfigures
journalism’s role to foster a broadly informed and engaged public.

*Professor Alfred Hermida is an award-winning British online news pioneer,
digital media scholar and journalism educator. An associate professor at
the Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, Canada, his research on the intersection of communication
technologies, journalism and the networked society has been published
in *Journalism
Studies,Journalism Practice *and the *Journal of Broadcasting and
Electronic Media. *He is co-author o*f Participatory Journalism: Guarding
Open Gates at Online Newspapers, (*Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and is working
on his new book,* Tell Everyone: How the Stories We Share Shape What We
Know and Why It Matters, *due to be published by Doubleday Canada. Prof
Hermida is a 16-year veteran of the BBC and was a founding news editor of
the BBC News website in 1997.***


*Date:* Tuesday, 26th November 2013

*Time:* 5 – 6:30 pm

*Location:* New Law Annexe Seminar Rm 346, New Law Building
(F10)<http://sydney.edu.au/law/about/campus.shtml> Eastern
Ave, University of Sydney (Camperdown campus)

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*Media at Sydney is presented by the Department of Media and Communications,
University of Sydney *

For more information contact Dr Fiona Martin

T: 0428391122 or 02 90365098

E: fiona.martin at sydney.edu.au

M: 0428 391 122

*RSVPs: *https://hashtagdissenthermida.eventbrite.com.au/

or *t*o Madeleine King e: mkin5545 at uni.sydney.edu.au**

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