New Media and Citizenship, University of Bergen (March 18, 2011)

On March 18, 2011 I have been invited to hold a joint seminar at the University of Bergen in Norway with Jakob Linaa Jensen (from Aarhus University) under the title, “New Media and Citizenship.” The following is the abstract of my talk:

Social Media and the Ephemeral Citizen (Christian Christensen, Uppsala University)

I would like to expand upon the concept of “ephemeral communicative space” developed by Christensen & Christensen (2008), and discuss it in relation to the use of social media for the purposes of citizen engagement before, during and after moments of political upheaval and controversy. The notion of “ephemeral communicative space” suggests that discursive spaces emerge around key socio-cultural events, spaces within which political debates, often unrelated to the actual event, quickly ferment and dissipate. In developing this in relation to the use of social media, I hope to provide a critical framework for understanding and theorizing dissent and political speech via social media such as Twitter and Facebook, a framework rooted in a concept I define as “the ephemeral citizen.”

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About chrchristensen
Christian Christensen is Professor of Journalism at Stockholm University, Sweden.

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