Category: Protest and repression

Are they radicals?

Are they radicals?

post by Valeria RodríguezIdentifying someone or a group as a radical is something complicated to do since the definitions are many and the profile of a radical is subjective, which cannot be predefined because in each situation it could change. As stated in the Oxford...

The ins and outs of online protest

The ins and outs of online protest

post by Georgia KeningtonGlobally, many different types and forms of protest are cropping up – from university strikes throughout the UK (which I’m sure we are well acquainted with), global organisations like the Global Justice Movement and Occupy!, to e-petitions and...

Global protest: The pros and cons of social media

Global protest: The pros and cons of social media

All across the globe, countries experience unrest and conflict between their leaders and the people. This has been evident since civilisation began. However, the form in which this conflict occurs has varied drastically through the ages. Protest in the past often consisted of strong, wealthy figures gathering numerous followers to usurp the current, undesirable power. In contrast, protest now is largely based on social movement groups, without clear, defined leadership and is able to remain inclusive through the use of social media. Social media also enables mass protest nationally and even internationally, in a relatively short time, enabling larger scale and therefore more effective protest. However, social media are also abused by some movements, who use the provided anonymity to organise terrorist attacks and hate groups. This blog will henceforth analyse social media’s presence in protest and determine its pros and cons.