Digital media and the acceleration of resistance

Findings from the 2010/11 Tunisian revolution

  • Craig Brown
Nyckelord: Tunisian Revolution, Arab Spring, Resistance, Acceleration, Grounded Theory

Abstract

This article is concerned with providing empirical evidence relating to the use of digital media and resistance during the so-called Arab Spring events. These events have been widely acknowledged as a case where digital media significantly contributed to the successful attainment of movements’ objectives. The use of such innovative technologies has been tied to the characteristics and, ultimately, the ends of these movements, with their ‘youthful’, ‘leaderless’ and ‘spontaneous’ nature reflecting Western-orientated practices. However, the analysis presented here utilises interview data obtained from participants in the 2010/11 Tunisian Revolution, detailing their perspectives and explanations of digital media’s role. The data and analysis show that while such technologies were a useful tool, their prominence has been exaggerated and offers a flawed understanding of the events. Rather, the social change being pursued during the Tunisian revolution was profound. Therefore, the deeper implications of the common emphasis on digital media in the literature is explored, with Rosa’s (2015) assessment of social acceleration being informative for elaborating on the nuances of these technologies’ use during the 2010/11 events.

Publicerad
2019-10-21
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Brown, C. (2019) ”Digital media and the acceleration of resistance”, Sociologisk Forskning, 56(3-4), s. 209-231. Tillgänglig vid: https://sociologiskforskning.se/sf/article/view/18810 (åtkomstdatum: 17november2019).