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One tweet does not a revolution make : technological determinism, media and social change

Hirst, Martin 2012, One tweet does not a revolution make : technological determinism, media and social change, Global media journal, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 1-29.

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Title One tweet does not a revolution make : technological determinism, media and social change
Author(s) Hirst, Martin
Journal name Global media journal
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 29
Total pages 29
Publisher University of Western Sydney, School of Communication Arts
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Publication date 2012-11-25
ISSN 1835-2340
1550-7521
Keyword(s) journalism
arab spring
social media
Summary This paper discusses the problematic influence of technological determinism in popular news media coverage and analysis of the Arab Spring events of 2010-11.

The purpose is to develop insights into how and why elements of a ‘soft’ technological determinism inflect both journalistic practice and news discourse in relation to the Arab Spring. In particular it discusses how the ‘bias of convenience’ and a journalistic obsession with the ‘continuous present’ connect with this determinist inflection to create a potential distortion in the journalists’ ‘first rough draft’ of history in relation to significant and complex events such as social revolution.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052429

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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