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Computing the Revolution: An Exploration of Computed Sociality and High-Risk Collective Action

Author:

Sean J Baier

Abstract

Over the past decade, social media has come to the fore of collective action
discourse. Much of the research in this space has focused on the use of social
media as a tool that, in some form or another, influences the diffusion of
collective action related information and the recruitment of participants. This
paper claims that “social media” is a term at risk of reification and “black-boxing”
in the collective action lexicon unless researchers unpack the inner workings
of the artifact. As such, this paper uses the theories of encoding, computed
sociality, and McAdam’s work on recruitment to social movements to analyze
Twitter’s “account suggestion” feature. Further, it argues that the fundamental
design of this feature does not necessarily facilitate participation in high-risk
collective action.

How to Cite: Baier, S.J., 2020. Computing the Revolution: An Exploration of Computed Sociality and High-Risk Collective Action. iSCHANNEL, 14(1), pp.34–38.
Published on 06 Jan 2020.
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