Tactical Media

Which function do “mobile camera witnesses” have when they film state violence? Do social media such as Reddit or 4Chan have an impact on the public sphere? This category looks at the tactics deployed by individuals and communities who use traditional and social media to convey their message and guide social, political, or economic transformation. It explores how political and environmental movements build their communication strategy in the digital age.

Femen: Tactical Nudity by Kolbie Goodrich (More)

Cities throughout Europe have become a battleground for female “sextremists” protesting bare-chested in their crowns of heroism. These women deliver their truth by writing on their naked bodies. Marching in the streets and in front of parliament buildings, these protests call for rights for women. Yet they are also designed as tactical manoeuvers to provoke violence, craving mass media dissemination...

Fashion Bloggers and the Democratization of Fashion in Today's Digital Communication Society: A Challenge to Global Media Outlets? by Tomislava Tomova (More)

Present day digital communication environments establish inclusive platforms, where like-minded individuals gather together to form a digital culture striving for mutual exchange of ideas, inspiration, art, fashion, and style. Challenging the fashion paradigm imposed in big media outlets, fashion blogs substantially contribute to the democratization of fashion and freedom of aesthetic expression...

Peta's Facebook Page: Helping the Cause? by Sarah Brodsky (More)

A couple months ago, a rare white rhinoceros was killed in his enclosure at the Paris zoo. The poachers removed his ivory horn with a chainsaw, probably hoping to sell it on the black market. On Facebook, many of the articles conveying this news came from PETA, a non-profit organization advocating for the ethical treatment of domestic animals...

Classroom vs Real World: How People Cosume the News (More)

In the Spring semester, 2017, Professor Westley’s class CM1023b undertook a research project into their peers’ news consumption. The research methodology was triangulated through three different stages and modes of enquiry. 

  • Stage 1: The class filled out detailed news diaries of their news consumption over one week. These diaries were then analyzed by a group of students (group 1). The data analysis was presented to the class in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, when each student explained his/her own slides. Their findings were further summarized in an essay. 
  • Stage 2: A second group of students designed and sent out a news survey to the AUP student body. There were 80 respondents. The group then analyzed these results and compared them with the results from group 1 to identify trends and differences. The research was presented to the class in a PowerPoint presentation and summarized in an essay. 
  • Stage 3: A third group of students examined research into international millennials’ news consumption. They then compared this research with the findings of group 2. Similarly, the results were first presented and explained in a PowerPoint presentation and then summarized in an essay.