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Online social media for radical politics: climate change activism on YouTube

Uldam, Julie and Askanius, Tina (2011) Online social media for radical politics: climate change activism on YouTube. International Journal of Electronic Governance, 4 (1-2). pp. 69-84. ISSN 1742-7509

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Identification Number: 10.1504/IJEG.2011.041708


In December 2009, political attention was turned towards the 15th UN Climate Conference, COP15. For the Global Justice Movement (GJM) this provided an opportunity to promote their agenda. The use of online media conjured up memories of the success of alternative media in mobilising large-scale protests around previous WTO and G8 counter-summits. However, the COP15 saw a turn to the use of what can be termed mainstream – online sites among activists. Drawing on a case study of the activist network NTAC, we explore how YouTube served both the purpose of reaching broader publics and of mobilising for confrontational direct action within activist circles.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Inderscience Publishers.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 13:45
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2024 00:06

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