When States Strike Back: Failures of Mediatized Activism in Azerbaijan and Turkey

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This article is an empirically grounded conceptual investigation of the failures of mediatized activism in 2011 in Azerbaijan and Turkey. By analyzing two specific cases, namely the complete dispersion of corporate social media based opposition in Azerbaijan, and arrests of Anonymous led hacktivists in Turkey, the article aims to contribute to the discussion on the future of mediatized activism in the face of the growing pervasive surveillance, conducted by state intelligence agencies in collaboration with private infotainment and telecommunications companies. By elaborating on the shortcomings and the promises of social media based activism and hacktivism, the article discusses the possibility of building alternative online spaces, which can bring these two types of mediatized activism together, and help to connect activists with the rest of the society—especially the otherwise consenting middle classes of semi-authoritarian countries.


Externa organisationer
  • Karlstad University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
Sidor (från-till)496-515
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2016
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa


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