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The dark side of online activism: Swedish right-wing extremist video activism on YouTube
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2014 (English)In: MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, ISSN 1901-9726, ISSN 1901-9726, Vol. 30, no 56, 79-99 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, an emerging body of work, centred on specific communicative forms used in facilitating collective and connective action, have contributed to greater understanding of how digital communication relates to social mobilisation. Plenty of these studies highlight the progressive potentiality of digital communication. However, undemocratic actors also utilise the rapid advancement in digital technology. This article explores the online video activism of extreme right-wing groups inSweden. It analyses more than 200 clips on YouTube, produced by five right-wingextremist organisations. The study shows that the extreme right deploy video activism as a strategy of visibility to mobilise and strengthen activists. Moreover, the groups attempt to alter the perception of (historically-rooted) socio-political identities of the extreme right. Furthermore, YouTube becomes a political arena in which action repertoires and street politics are adapted to the specific characteristics of online video activism. Finally, video activism could be understood as an aestheticisation of politics.

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2014. Vol. 30, no 56, 79-99 p.
Keyword [en]
You Tube, social media, extremism, online activism
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105877OAI: diva2:733067
Available from: 2014-07-07 Created: 2014-07-07 Last updated: 2014-08-26Bibliographically approved

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