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Can alternative media serve as contribution into 'spectacle'?: Case study on Turkish video activist collective Karahaber
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for HumanIT. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8225-3447
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction of video device in mid-1960s in the form of Sony Corporation's Portapak sparkled new kind of political activism and new type of community media: video activism. Probably the most technologically dependent form of activism, video activism created whole new way of expressing otherwise unheard voices through self-representation of video and "own" media. However this innovative activism also came at high cost as early video activist experimentations contributed a great deal to the formation of 'Reality TV', emotional monster of modern television. Basing itself on the theoretical perspective formed by Guy Debord, and his notion of 'spectacle', this presentation will try to find an answer for the question of whether, unintentionally, alternative media and video activism, as a particular form, may serve as a contribution into modern spectacle. This quest is important in the sense of trying to prevent mistakes of early times and instead establishing video activism as a true form of empowering and emancipatory practice. Case study conducted with Turkish video activist collective Karahaber will serve as the main source of this presentation. The main source of information was provided by interviews with eight core members of Karahaber in Istanbul and Ankara, which were conducted in July to November 2009. The secondary source of information was obtained through a content analysis of 175 videos of Karahaber, published on its website http://www.karahaber.org. Content analysis of video works and interviews with group members were mostly analyzed together in order to provide better panorama and understanding of the practices of video activism as conducted by Karahaber members.

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Istambul: Kadir Has University , 2011.
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11551OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-11551DiVA, id: diva2:493095
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IAMCR 2011: "Cities. Creativity. Connectivity". IAMCR (International Association of Mass Communication Research), Istanbul, TURKEY, 13-17 July 2011.
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2014-09-08Bibliographically approved

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