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Wednesday, July 29 • 09:31 - 10:30
"Hijacking the Media Event Platform: Pussy Riot, Sousveillance, and the Sochi Protests"

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Author: Kenzie Burchell

The contemporary reformulation of the ‘Media Events’ framework (Dayan & Katz, 1992) often focuses, and justifiably so, on the transformative role of mobile, video, and social networking technologies in a global context (Couldry and Hepp 2009; Katz and Liebes 2007) often eclipsing however the relationship between these mediated actions and the geographically-bounded space of the media event. For activists and other actors excluded from contributing to the wider event narrative, infiltration of both the physical space and social media spaces represents a potential vehicle for mobilizing media attention and engaging audiences with an alternate interpretation of the spectacle.This research examines three protests cases during the Sochi Winter Olympics comparing analysis of twitter conversations, broadcasting coverage, and situated physical elements of the protest, specifically by Pussy Riot, Google, and transgender former Italian MP V. Luxuria.

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Kenzie Burchell

Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Toronto
Media Sociologist.


Wednesday July 29, 2015 09:31 - 10:30
(9th Floor) TRS 3-176 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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