Download PDF to read offlineDownload Abstract The purpose of this paper is to present an understanding of how Hijab wearing women perform their identities online and the resulting social advocacy facilitated via virtual communities. It will focus on the use of the Hijab (garment used to cover hair) as a symbol used to advocate for Muslim women who utilise it in the content they broadcast online. Networked individualism along with influencer culture allows these symbols to be propagated to Read more […]
Abstract Under the stream of Online Networks and Social Change, TikTok, the newly found video sharing platform, will be examined and how its popularity amongst Gen Z has effectively led to a third place for advocacy on global issues. Using a vast range of references and sources from academic journals to popular culture news articles and blog posts, the role online networks are playing in creating exposure and advocacy on global issues will be conducted and how this social media platform has allowed Read more […]
ConferencePaper_TerinaLitchfieldDownload Abstract: Social networking sites have evolved the way individuals can perform their identities and participate in online advocacy. This conference paper uses the #StopAsianHate movement, which was created after the rise in discriminatory actions against Asian individuals after the Covid-19 outbreak, to analyse how the affordances on Facebook and Instagram have facilitated the spread of community messages worldwide. Specifically, how these platforms Read more […]
NETS2002-Conference-Paper-FINALDownload Abstract This conference paper explores themes of gender identity and advocacy in contemporary media/online spaces. AJ Clementine a TikTok creator who has over 900,000 followers and 59,000,000 likes, she is also transgender. She thoroughly documents her life experiences on the popular social media platform that is TikTok, to present a well-rounded and authentic character. She has morphed the idea of what a counterpublic is into her community/following Read more […]
Humans are causing climate change, and global action needs to be taken to limit any negative effects on humankind and the Earth. This paper will show that, although climate activism on Facebook and Twitter by individuals has increased in popularity and effectiveness in the last two years, the ongoing dissemination of disinformation to these same social networking sites (“SNSs”) causes confusion, which results in public interest in action to curb climate change remaining limited. SNSs produce a networked public, with influencers such as Greta Thunberg and organizations such as Fridays for Future and the Climate Council able to use platform affordances to effectively advocate for climate action, encouraging likeminded individuals to form networks on Facebook and Twitter which assist with online and offline actions to pressure policymakers to act on climate change. Simultaneously, the widespread release of disinformation on Facebook and Twitter means these same affordances lead users to innocently share disinformation and distribute misinformation which is reinforced and amplified in users’ filter bubbles and echo chambers, resulting in ongoing public confusion about the reality of climate change. Such misinformation limits the number of participants acting to achieve social change, restricting real social change and effective collective action.