TWEETS AND THE STREETS: SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONTEMPORARY ACTIVISM
by Paolo Gerbaudo
London: Pluto Press, 2012
Tweets and the Streets analyses the culture of the new protest movements of the 21st century. From the Arab Spring to the “indignados” protests in Spain and the Occupy movement, Paolo Gerbaudo examines the relationship between the rise of social media and the emergence of new forms of protest. Drawing on an extensive ethnographic research, comprising 80 in-depth interviews, observations of protest events and textual analysis of social media messages, the book unveils the narratives and identities involved in the grassroots appropriation of corporate platforms like Facebook and Twitter as means of organisation and mobilisation.