Plenary: Online freedom and repressive law: The paradox of digital journalism

A session at Twitter and Microblogging: Political, Professional and Personal Practices

Wednesday 10th April, 2013

11:30am to 12:30pm

Twitter and similar services represent one of the key paradoxes of liberal capitalism. The apparent freedom it affords communicators in an unregulated space resembles for some a free-market of ideas, or at least a significant form of rapid news circulation that circumvents broadcast-age regulation. However, drawing on Gramsci's distinction between coercion and consent, it can be seen how, as with the "free-market", the potential for freedom has been cut short. Whilst the attention of journalists and scholars has pointed to injunctions, court restrictions and libel cases, there have been much more pernicious cases of indirect control, especially in crisis situations such as the London riots and the Israeli invasion of Gaza. I will take these two cases to open a discussion into the concept of "public order" and how disruptions to it arising from microblogging practices are dealt with by politicians and mainstream media.

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Lee Salter

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

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Time 11:30am12:30pm GMT

Date Wed 10th April 2013

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