TITLE

Digital Activism: Efficacies and Burdens of Social Media for Civic Activism

AUTHOR(S)
Melki, Jad; Mallat, Sarah
PUB. DATE
September 2014
SOURCE
Arab Media & Society;Fall2014, Issue 19, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article explores digital activism among Lebanese social movement organizations (SMOs) using a social movements theoretical framework. . It highlights the commonly used digital and social media tools for activism, and analyzes their perceived benefits and disadvantages. The study used a mixed methods approach, combining qualitative interviews, focus group, and participant observation methods. It found that digital activism is on the rise, and that social media platforms offer many perceived benefits for activism work, but also create significant obstacles in both the digital and offline realms. As such, this article offers recommendations, based on best practices, to bolster the efficacy of digital activism in Lebanon.
ACCESSION #
116837987

 

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