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Dialogue in the Social Media Age

Structured, Democratic, Buberian?

Marcus Hallside and Clara Ng

the polemic nature of social media, frequently turns debates into unproductive shouting matches. Haidt describes platforms that facilitate the sharing of thoughts, emotions/feelings and images through virtual networks and communities – the most popular

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Social Media and the Commodification of Attention/Inattention in the Changing Egyptian Belly Dance Industry

Margaret L. Morley

to share on social media. As such, a large sector of the Egyptian belly dance industry seemed to become very suddenly subject to the visually and visibility-based political economies of attention operating in and through global social media. In such

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Rape Culture and the Feminist Politics of Social Media

Carrie A. Rentschler

Young feminists use social media in order to respond to rape culture and to hold accountable the purveyors of its practices and ways of thinking when mainstream news media, police and school authorities do not. This article analyzes how social networks identified with young feminists take shape via social media responses to sexual violence, and how those networks are organized around the conceptual framework of rape culture. Drawing on the concept of response-ability, the article analyzes how recent social media responses to rape culture evidence the affective and technocultural nature of current feminist network building and the ways this online criticism re-imagines the position of feminist witnesses to rape culture.

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Stages, Streets, and Social Media

Intersectional Feminism and Online Activism in France during the Pandemic

Claire Mouflard

promoted the hashtag #BlackCesars on social media. 3 During the ceremony, one of the tribune's signatories, actress Aïssa Maïga, directly accused the crowd of being complicit in the invisibility of Black actors and filmmakers in French cinema. The event

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Social Media and the Sexual Exploitation of Indigenous Girls

Dustin William Louie

The appearance of social media has enabled the recruitment of Indigenous 1 populations into sexual exploitation. As recently as the last decade, social media lacked substantial influence on recruitment, but today it is routinely employed by those

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“Stumbling Upon Feminism”

Teenage Girls’ Forays into Digital and School-Based Feminisms

Crystal Kim and Jessica Ringrose

indelibly sexist. In these and other recent examples, teen feminists are troubling what Sinikka Aapola et al. (2005) think of as engrained constructions of youth, particularly girls, as lacking in political agency. Social media are opening spheres of

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Theorizing Reactive Democracy

The Social Media Public Sphere, Online Crowds and the Plebiscitary Logic of Online Reactions

Paolo Gerbaudo

Recent years have seen the eruption of a variety of new political phenomena, from protest and populist insurgencies to new political parties and electoral campaigns, that have found a propitious avenue of mobilization on social media. These

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Social Media and the Movement of Ideas

Edward Kessler

The Social Media has become an important part of our (online) lives, in an incredibly short period of time. This paper will explore to what extent it contributes to fostering interfaith dialogue. Its impact depends on the people who use it - and how they use it. The Social Media challenges traditional hierarchies (including religious hierarchies) because control moves from website owners to users which means that “everyone is a publisher and everyone is a critic.“ Although the less personal nature of online communication makes it easier for information to be distorted, there are examples of good practice to promote interfaith dialogue. The Social Media can also overcome ignorant stereotypes and combat prejudice, (although it is also (ab)used to promote prejudice). In interfaith dialogue, the Social Media needs to provide a safe space for users, to facilitate trust and to help users feel a sense of connection with the 'other'. Although this can be more easily achieved in a face-to- face encounter because the 'virtual world' will only ever be virtual, the Social Media should be integrated into interfaith dialogue so that it not only contributes to positive political change but also to furthering inter- religious understanding.

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Miley, What’s Good?

Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, Instagram Reproductions, and Viral Memetic Violence

Aria S. Halliday

On social media, the number of people or, rather, IP addresses that distribute a video, an article, or an image constitutes its popularity. Usually, the spreading of these items—their virality—is based on shock value. In a discussion of virality and

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The Enchanted North

Nature, Place and Gender in ‘Off the Grid’ Social Media Representations

Emelie Larsson and Jenny Ingridsdotter

and started to document her new life on social media. Over the years, her Instagram and YouTube accounts have been filled with scenic nature images, and her artistic photography has attracted an ever-increasing number of followers. More than a decade