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Alternative Media, Video Activism and the Proliferation of Unintentional Surveillance in Turkey
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
2016 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article explores the conduct of video activism in Turkey through a case study on now dispersed Karahaber, an Ankara-based video activist collective formed in 2005 - through a question of whether the group’s videos provided an empowerment for the socially excluded strata of Turkish society or did they further facilitate the spectacle/surveillance culture? The main source of information for the article comes from the semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted with eight core Karahaber members in Istanbul and Ankara. The secondary source is comprised by the 175 Karahaber videos, published on collective’s website Relying on the theoretical framework structured by the works of Guy Debord, David Lyon and Thomas Mathiesen, article claims that Karahaber’s practices of video activism created an enforcement of synoptic urge through the facilitation of voyeuristic tendencies of protesters, thus reinforcing the effect of unintentional surveillance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Fukuoka, JAPAN, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Alternative Media; Activist Video; Turkey
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45382OAI: diva2:953801
ICA 2016: "Communicating with Power". ICA (International Communication Association), Fukuoka, JAPAN, 9-13 June 2016.
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2016-08-18

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