The Pixelated Revolution: The Power Of Hand-Held Footage To Change Political Narratives (The Oxford Student)

The Oxford Student: The Pixelated Revolution: The Power Of Hand-Held Footage To Change Political Narratives. “Recently, as digital photography has become better quality and developed to look more and more like its analogue counterpart, an idea has formed: that the clearer and the higher the resolution of the image we are being shown is, the more reflective of reality it is. Thus, a hierarchy of good versus bad images has established itself in our culture. This bad or ‘poor image’ is what artist Hito Steyerl describes as the ‘lumpen proletariat in the class society of appearances, ranked and valued according to its resolution.’ However, in the last few years, it is this blurred, shaky and pixelated image, resulting from the rise of the smartphone, that has become the most powerful.”

Wired: The Next Great (Digital) Extinction

Wired: The Next Great (Digital) Extinction . “I’ve been thinking about the GOE [the Great Oxidation Event], the Cambrian Explosion, and the emergence of the mammals a lot lately, because I’m pretty sure we’re in the midst of a similarly disruptive and pivotal moment in history that I’m calling the Great Digitization Event, or GDE. And right now we’re in that period where the oxygen, or in this case the internet as used today, is rapidly and indifferently killing off many systems while allowing new types of organizations to emerge.”

Digital Journalism: Digital Archiving as Social Protest

Digital Journalism: Digital Archiving as Social Protest. “The relationship between journalism and social marginalization is a relatively understudied area in digital journalism studies. Our case study of Dalit Camera (DC), an online news archive and chronicle based in India, examines how historically disadvantaged Dalits, or ‘Untouchables,’ are leveraging digital tools to narrate their oppressive past to the outside world parallel to the rise of political censorship in India. As part of its archiving process, DC is preserving footage of Dalit resistance against hegemonic domination by caste Hindus. Through their grassroots network of citizen journalists, DC is also engaged in reporting caste-based discrimination and violence today, contributing to the Dalit social movement for equality and justice. Our study provides the first examination of Dalit social protest as a function of digital news archiving, in the process bringing a non-Western subject typically reserved for Subaltern Studies to digital journalism studies as a potent example of citizen journalism and participatory online culture in a censorious media climate. “

BBC: Egypt sentences activist for ‘spreading fake news’

BBC News: Egypt sentences activist for ‘spreading fake news’. “A court in Egypt has given human rights activist Amal Fathy a two-year-suspended sentence and a fine for ‘spreading fake news’. She has been in detention since May after posting a video criticising the government over the extent of sexual harassment in the country.”

France 24: A social media network mobilizing blacks ahead of Brazil elections

France 24: A social media network mobilizing blacks ahead of Brazil elections. “As Brazil’s general elections approach, a new social network is gaining traction aimed at giving greater visibility to black candidates while highlighting anti-racism initiatives in the country tainted by racial prejudice. Black & Black, which has 100,000 users — in a population of more than 200 million — aims to ‘connect the demands and narratives of the world’s black population’ and to ensure that ‘black people get the prominence they deserve.'”

Africa Newsroom: In Ethiopia, mobile internet cut in the capital amid clashes and protests

Africa Newsroom: In Ethiopia, mobile internet cut in the capital amid clashes and protests. “The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Ethiopian authorities to ensure internet is available, including during times of unrest when access to information provided by journalists is crucial. Mobile internet was unavailable in the capital Addis Abba, from September 17 to the morning of September 19 amid protests and clashes, according to media reports and Berhan Taye, who leads Access Now’s #KeepItOn campaign against internet shutdowns, which CPJ is part of.”

The Moscow Times: Russian Activists Launch Database to Profile Police Brutality

The Moscow Times: Russian Activists Launch Database to Profile Police Brutality. “A group of Russian activists has launched an online campaign to identify law-enforcement officers involved in a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters earlier this month. On Sept. 9, police detained hundreds of people across the country at protests against government plans to raise the retirement age. Police were filmed beating participants, including minors, with batons and dragging them away to be detained.”