IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2017 THIRD YEAR MEDIA STUDIES STUDENTS
The Internet is being considered a powerful platform used by pro-democracy activists to negotiate and sometimes push for reform-based political and social changes. Are digital activists and citizen journalists the new change instigators? What are the complexities involved in digital activism? Is it ethically right to bolster the new media and networking capabilities of civil society organisations to enable democratic and social reforms? Is it within an authoritarian regime's right to implement restrictions to the various social media sites in a bid to fend off marauding digital activists? How different are citizen journalists from traditional journalists? This module will probe the vitality, potentiality and ability of new communication and technological changes in driving political and social changes around the world. Various case studies and concepts including the Arab Spring, Wikileaks, clicktivism and the cute cat theory of digital activism will be explored.