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Keynote Address: Indigenous Communities and Protest Movements in the Digital Age: Standing Rock Analysis
Abstract: Social media have profoundly influenced intercultural
communication, creating spaces for both civil and uncivil discourses. Social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter,
and Instagram, provide enormous opportunities to connect, disconnect, protest,
and organize in an increasingly interconnected world. These momentous changes in intercultural
communication, particularly using social media, require us to examine current
notions of culture, communication, and social movements.
Social media are increasingly utilized in protest movements
to garner support, raise consciousness, create an identity, build community, and
to motivate change. The Arab Spring, the
Umbrella Movement, and Occupy Wall Street are some examples. This presentation will examine one such
movement: Standing Rock, an American Indian protest against the Dakota Access
Pipeline. Analysis of the Facebook page
of the movement, and other data, offer newer perspectives on social protests in
the digital age.