Today I gave a remote talk to an undergrad digital communications class at Loyola University Chicago. It’s a pretty good intro to digital activism, so I am posting it below. Thanks to the instructor, Richelle Rogers, who invited me to speak and, as a former journalist, and came up with great topic questions for me.
Sections of the video:
- Introducing myself (1:09)
- What is digital activism?: An easy definition and an academic one (1:40)
- Digital identity on the web and the role it plays in activism?: The online disinhibition effect (2:20)
- How digital activism manifests on the internet?: mass self-communication, coordination, evasion (4:54)
- Famous cases that made a difference: Egypt’s Arab Spring and Kony 2012 (7:44)
- How activism may evolve as the web becomes more accessible: Rise of the mobile net (10:00)
Please be patient with the occasional technical glitches.