What does it mean when images of refugees’ plight are shared on social media? Or when we respond to emotive NGO fundraising campaigns, or are heartened by do-good reality TV shows? Do these narratives offer incentives for genuine social change or only momentary feelings of individual satisfaction? Drawing on social theory, political economy and cultural studies, Media Solidarities explores the way in which media can both enable and obstruct meaningful bonds of solidarity and positive social change. Written in a highly approachable style, it ties theory to contemporary world events and media discourses through a series of examples and case studies. The book offers an analytical toolkit to critically understand media narratives of representation, participation and production and to challenge our perceptions of our selves and society. It will be fascinating reading for students in media and communications, politics, sociology, human geography and cultural studies.

Participating and protesting online

Participating and protesting online

A group of women share ideas of crocheting blankets with different patterns and colours, in an online discussion forum. One of them regrets using only blue yarn after seeing images of other, more colourful blankets. Some explain their choice of colours through family history. A blanket with yellow, blue and brown lines represents the prairies where her Swedish and Norwegian ancestors settled. Another knitter describes the green-blue waves in her blanket as symbolizing the sea that her Irish and Italian relatives crossed to reach America. One of the knitters has used the colour plate of the great plains of America with brown corn fields, black rolling hills and blue sky. A multi-coloured quilt blanket also draws on ...

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