Occupy, Social Media, Public Space, and the Emerging Logics of Aggregation

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* Article: Reflections on #Occupy Everywhere: Social media, public space, and emerging logics of aggregation. By JEFFREY S. JURIS. American Ethnologist, May 2012.

URL = http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1425.2012.01362.x/abstract [1]


"This article explores the links between social media and public space within the #Occupy Everywhere movements. Whereas listservs and websites helped give rise to a widespread logic of networking within the movements for global justice of the 1990s–2000s, I argue that social media have contributed to an emerging logic of aggregation in the more recent #Occupy movements—one that involves the assembling of masses of individuals from diverse backgrounds within physical spaces. However, the recent shift toward more decentralized forms of organizing and networking may help to ensure the sustainability of the #Occupy movements in a posteviction phase."