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Social Media and the Greek Riots

Social Media and the Greek Riots

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Published by Daphne Koumpa
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In December 2008 a young student was shot and killed by a police officer in central Athens, Greece. The incident resulted in major riots and demonstrations throughout the country which lasted for several weeks. Greek users of social media responded immediately to the growing sentiment of outrage and there was increased activity over various channels, especially twitter, a microblogging service, which proved to be a valuable tool for communication and news reporting. Twitter acted as an aggregator for other online media, creating a real-time feed of news and links pertaining to the riots. Along with blogs, photograph and video hosting sites, social networking sites and others, a direct and straightforward account of the riots was generated, just as they were taking place. International media and later on Greek media picked up on the activity and used it for reporting. The way social media were used and their relationship to traditional media is examined through the studying of various media and interviews with users of the service.
Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) 2.5 UK: Scotland License

Abstract

In December 2008 a young student was shot and killed by a police officer in central Athens, Greece. The incident resulted in major riots and demonstrations throughout the country which lasted for several weeks. Greek users of social media responded immediately to the growing sentiment of outrage and there was increased activity over various channels, especially twitter, a microblogging service, which proved to be a valuable tool for communication and news reporting. Twitter acted as an aggregator for other online media, creating a real-time feed of news and links pertaining to the riots. Along with blogs, photograph and video hosting sites, social networking sites and others, a direct and straightforward account of the riots was generated, just as they were taking place. International media and later on Greek media picked up on the activity and used it for reporting. The way social media were used and their relationship to traditional media is examined through the studying of various media and interviews with users of the service.

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University of Edinburgh 2009
 
Social Media and the Greek Riots
 
Dissertation
MSc Science and Technology Studies
Exam no. 9781703
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Exam no. 9781703 2
Abstract
In December 2008 a young student was shot and killed by a police officer in centralAthens, Greece. The incident resulted in major riots and demonstrations throughoutthe country which lasted for several weeks. Greek users of social media respondedimmediately to the growing sentiment of outrage and there was increased activity overvarious channels, especially twitter, a microblogging service, which proved to be avaluable tool for communication and news reporting. Twitter acted as an aggregatorfor other online media, creating a real-time feed of news and links pertaining to theriots. Along with blogs, photograph and video hosting sites, social networking sitesand others, a direct and straightforward account of the riots was generated, just as theywere taking place. International media and later on Greek media picked up on theactivity and used it for reporting. The way social media were used and theirrelationship to traditional media is examined through the studying of various mediaand interviews with users of the service.
 
Exam no. 9781703 3
Table of Contents
1.
 
Introduction.......................................................................41.1.
 
Chapter Outline...........................................................62.
 
Literature Review..............................................................92.1.
 
Social Construction of Technology............................92.2.
 
Network Society........................................................112.3.
 
Web 2.0 and Social Networking Sites (SNSs)..........142.4.
 
Twitter........................................................................162.5.
 
Internet mobilization, media crisis and new media...183.
 
Methodology.....................................................................213.1.
 
Text and media research............................................213.2.
 
Interviews..................................................................223.3.
 
Assessment of methods.............................................244.
 
Findings and Discussion...................................................264.1.
 
Context of the December 2008 riots..........................264.2.
 
Social media and the Greek riots...............................284.3.
 
Interview findings......................................................345.
 
Conclusions.......................................................................386.
 
Bibliography......................................................................43

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