“No Control: Reporting the Greek Riots in the Age of Social Networking Media”

Moschovi, Alexandra (2009) “No Control: Reporting the Greek Riots in the Age of Social Networking Media”. In: Photography and International Conflict, 25 - 26 Jun 2009, UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The shooting of a 15-year old student by a police officer in central Athens on December 6th 2008 would erupt into the worst rioting Greece had experienced since the restoration of democracy in the mid 1970s. Under the ideological banner of “No Control”, enraged teenage and twenty-something youths would barricade the streets of Athens, Thessaloniki and other major Greek cities and battle against the police with stones and home-made petrol bombs, burning and smashing cars, shops, banks and public buildings whilst thousands of people from all walks of life, from parents and workers to socialists and political extremists, would protest against the failings of the government in massive demonstrations. Seen as a “sign of the economic times” and a dystopic omen of the things to come rather than an isolated local incident, the Greek riots attracted international media attention, with journalists reporting before smoke-covered urban sets animated by scenes of sensational violence and destruction. The young rioters would use mobile-phone technology and social networking sites and micropublishing application on the Web to mobilize people and provide news updates. This paper explored the ways that eyewitness records of the riots, taken by both professional photographers and common citizens, were disseminated online by digitally enabled citizens using Web 2.0 micropublishing applications outside the control of mainstream media.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Keynote speakers: Ariella Azoulay (Bar Ilan University), Thomas Keenan (Bard College), Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin), Paul Lowe (University of the Arts London/Panos Pictures), Sean Smith (The Guardian) Speakers: Jennifer Saffron (University of Pittsburgh Film Studies) “Baghdad Street Photography”; Katy Parry (University of Liverpool) “The First ‘Clean’ War? Visually Framing Civilian Casualties in the British Press during the Iraq Invasion”; Lindsay Anne Balfour (University of British Columbia, Okanagan) “Looking Saddam in the Eye: Emergent Technologies and the Ethics of Visual Confrontation”; Wendy Kozol (Oberlin College) “Ambivalent Witnessing: Affect and Spectacle in Women’s Human Rights Photography”; Edit Kalman (Central European University) “Just Photographs? The Depersonalizing Portrayal of the Developing World and the Visual Depiction of the UNICEF Child”; Ellen Thornton (DIT Dublin) “Victim of Conflict: Humans with a right to their image, or a commodity in the commercial traffic of pain”; Chava Brownfield (Stein, Bar Ilan University) “A genealogy of one single war photograph: in between heroism and massacre”; Karin Dobernig, Katharina Lobinger & Irmgard Wetzstein (University of Vienna) “Covering Conflict in Quality Journalism: Analyzing Visual and Verbal Texts on the Gaza Crisis 2009 in Four Weekly News Media”; Ruth Ginsburg (Bar Ilan University) “Protection and preservation: two roles of the camera in Israeli human rights organization, B’Tzelem documentation”; Bahareh Afghahi (Universite Lumiere Lyon) “Eloquent photographs: Reporters of human rights violations in Iran”; Steven Nestor (DIT Dublin) “The Fog of Photography: Newsweek & the Vietnam War”; Nandi Dill & Jennifer Telesca (New York University) “Imagining Humanitarian Emergencies: Photographic Genres of Crisis in Mainstream US Newsmagazines”; Valerie Gorin (University of Geneva) “Humanitarian crises and their iconography of pity: a comparative analysis of French and US newsmagazines”; Jay Prosser, (University of Leeds) “Installing Atrocity: The Body of the Photograph”; Justin Carville (IADT) “The Face of War: Visual Politics and Portraiture in WPP Awards”; Caitlin Patrick (UCD) “What’s Left? Photojournalism’s Places in the 21st Century”; Myles Ludwig (Lynn University, USA) “Combat, Color and Credibility: Photographic Perception”; Frank Watson (Westminster University & Croydon College of Art & Design) “The Cold War Conflict: Nuclear Sites and The English Landscape”; Elena Siemens (University of Alberta) “Death in Vienna: A story of an image from the end of WWII”
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizen journalism, digital photography, network communications, social networking media, Web 2.0, prosumer, multiperspectivalism, public mobilization, civic engagement, i-rioting
Subjects: Fine Art > Art in Context
Photography > Digital Imaging
Culture > History and Politics
Photography > Photography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts Design and Media > Department of Arts and Design
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Depositing User: Alexandra Moschovi
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 16:46
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2012 16:51
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/2761

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