B – Influences of media on social movements

Olorunnisola AA, Martin BL. Influences of media on social movements: problematizing hyperbolic inferences about impacts. Telematics and Informatics 2013;30:275-288
(doi: 10.1016/j.tele.2012.02.005)

Authors critically assessed cases across Africa of variegated employment of old (i.e., radio, newspaper, television) and new media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, mobile telephone text messaging) by four social movements spanning 35 years. Assessments underscore citizen empowerment and multiplier capabilities of new media but affirm the value of contextual factors that minimize hyperbolic assumptions about the contribution of new media to the formation and progression of social movements.