Global Digital Cultures and Extreme Speech

By Matti Pohjonen|July 15, 2019|Digital cultures, Extreme speech, Research|0 comments

I am glad to announce the publication of a Special Issue on Global Digital Cultures and Extreme Speech published in the International Journal of Communication.  This is the outcome of a five-year collaboration with colleagues across the world committed to advancing a more comparative perspective to ongoing debates on online hate speech and violent online political extremism — and most notably collaboration with Professor Sahana Udupa at the Digital Dignity Project, at LMU

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“Bollywood weddings” and Modi’s new India

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|July 10, 2019|India|0 comments

Rajeshwari (RJ) Shastri, MA Global Media and Postnational Communication, explores Bollywoodization of Indian weddings.   2018 was the year of ‘big, fat Indian weddings’, from Bollywood-sweethearts Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s destination wedding in Italy, to actor Priyanka Chopra and musician Nick Jonas’s ‘intimate’ wedding with only 200 closest friends and family, which naturally included the Indian Prime Minister. However, the year ended with the biggest Indian wedding: oil-and-telecom conglomerate,

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Should robots control what we read?

By Matti Pohjonen|July 4, 2019|AI, Digital cultures, Extreme speech, India, Research, Social media|0 comments

For somebody who has been following digital politics globally for more than a decade now, it is sometimes uncanny how hateful, violent and misleading communication – or at least the public and political controversies and moral panics around them – now dominates the global political landscape. Digital media, it seems, is imagined in mostly terms of the dangers it poses: violent extremist propaganda run amok; democratic processes corrupted by disinformation

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Where next for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after death of Mohamed Morsi

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|July 4, 2019|Arab uprisings, Latest news, The Middle East|0 comments

Mohamed Taha, SOAS PhD candidate, discusses future prospects of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt after Morsi. “The death of Egypt’s former president, Mohamed Morsi, in a Cairo court on June 17, on the same day he was elected six years previously, closed a chapter in Egyptian history. Morsi was the first president of Egypt to be elected in popular, representative and multiparty elections. But his burial in a graveyard alongside previous

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Press freedom in India: Journalists under attack

By Somnath Batabyal|June 24, 2019|India|0 comments

  There is a disturbing trend in India. Post last month’s re-election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister and the return of his right wing Hindu national Party, BJP, to power, the attacks on journalists critical of the administration have increased with a terrifying intensity. A vernacular language journalist was arrested at the beginning ofJune on the flimsy charge of defamation because he shared negative comments of the Chief Minister

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How can we understand strategic communication in conflict – Syria in context

By Dina Matar|June 23, 2019|Syrian conflict and strategic communication|0 comments

How can we understand strategic communication in conflict? The Syrian conflict in context Dina Matar It is impossible to find a single cause-and-effect argument relating to the Syrian conflict, and this applies to the role of media in conflict – a key concern of political communication scholarship. The conflict, now in its eighth year, has been described as the most socially mediated war due to the excessive use by diverse

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Online Guerillas — Social Media and the West Papua Liberation Struggle

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|June 19, 2019|The Pacific|0 comments

Louis Plottel (MA Migration and Diaspora Studies) discusses the use of social media in the West Papuan liberation movement. In the early morning of December 1, 2018, twenty Indonesian construction workers disappeared from their barracks in the Nduga regency of West Papua. The twenty men were held overnight then killed the following morning by their captors, a collection of local residents opposed to the highway which the men had been

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Gabriel Huland on US media and the Syrian conflict

By Dina Matar|June 15, 2019|Arab uprisings, Media and Syrian conflict|0 comments

The Syrian Conflict in the New York Times   Gabriel Huland, Centre for Global Media and Communications   The Syrian conflict is probably the most reported upon in history. As some of the videos recorded during the protests had extreme content, YouTube changed its rules to allow them to be uploaded online. When the protests erupted in 2011, only a few international media organisations had correspondents in the country. This

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Italy: Taranto residents rise up to stop air pollution claiming local lives

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|June 13, 2019|Latest news|0 comments

Camilla Caraccio reports about parents in the southern Italian city of Taranto who are taking on the Arcelor Mittal Italia steelworks they say is polluting the air and killing their children. “In January, Angelo Di Ponzio lost his 15-year-old son. Giorgio died from a soft tissue sarcoma, a degenerative phenomenon linked to prolonged exposure to dioxin in the air. “A genocide is unfolding before our very eyes, and the world

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Student showcase: “The Digital Identity”

By Matti Pohjonen|June 11, 2019|Digital cultures, Research, Students, Video|1 comments

As a part of the course work at the Centre for Global Media and Communication, we encourage students to explore old academic debates in new and creative ways.  For instance, in the Global Digital Cultures MA degree that I convene, this option has been built into the digital assignments that students engage with throughout the year.  Such assignments allow the students both a breather from more rigid classical form of academic

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