DIGITAL PROTEST

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ONLINE ACTIVISM

( ENGLISH 4569 | DR. CHRISTA TESTON )

Now more than ever the Internet, mobile phones, and social media are central actors in
protests, social movements, and other awareness campaigns. Digital composing
technologies such as these have the power to shape public opinion, organize collective
action, and mobilize resources. But what does it mean to say an interface has politics? How
do we determine that an online protest has been successful? What is cyberterrorism?
Cyberfeminism? And can we really affect meaningful social change online, or are we just
engaging in what some call “slacktivism”?
In this course, we will use rhetorical and media studies theory as guides for exploring these
questions while investigating, experimenting with, and critiquing a wide range of digital
tactics for enacting digital protest and online activism.

semester

SPRING 2016

location

DENNEY HALL

day + time

W+F
12:45-2:05

Protest. Persuasion. Production.
A digital media seminar.