|Chapter title||How To Speak the Truth on Social media: An Inquiry into Post-Dialectical Information Environments|
When the first Independent Media Centers (“Indymedia”) were founded in 1999, their participatory online platforms based on open source technology were meant to be a powerful alternative voice for 'counterpublics'. With the successful rise of social media, however, participatory media became the general mode of communication. With this, the information landscape changed: participatory media suddenly wasn’t a position of essential otherness anymore. This chapter is looking into “How to speak the truth” in a post-dialectical information environment by analysing two media acts in the context of the 2014 riots in #Ferguson, U.S. after the police killing of teenager Michael Brown: the Twitter usage by Democratic alderman @Antonio French, and the rise of the hashtag #iftheygunmedown.
|Keywords||social media, protest, counterpublic, participation, Foucault, media|
|Book title||The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics|
|Place of publication||New York|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138860766|