While environmental groups once relied on local, grassroots campaigns and traditional media to broadcast their messages, social media offer an additional delivery method for their messages. This study examines whether fear or information frame is more effective to spur environmental activism and engagement. We also research how perceived efficacy and fear affect behavioral intent toward environmental action.
At VOZ we are committed to continued research, both in the form of literature review and field research. While we ourselves have produced a number of research papers, this page is set aside to bring to the attention of the reader other papers, books and articles which have been influential in the development of VOZ, or which contribute to the continuing debates around the role of digital and social media in political engagement and the Development sector as a whole.
All articles listed below have been published independent of VOZ and, although we do our best to ensure that links stay active and relevant, VOZ cannot take any responsibility for broken links, out of print books or changes to these external links. If you find an issue with any of the below materials please contact us.
This talk by Ernesto Sirolli at TEDx Christchurch gives an excellent view of the kind of philosophy around which VOZ has been built. We believe that local communities are best placed to provide information on human rights and environmental issues but are not always best placed to have access to GIS tools, or outlets for reporting on these issues.
A.Victor Devadoss, M. Clement Joe Anand
Youth is the major assets of a nation, we need to channel their energy accordingly and dissipate it appropriately for the benefits of a nation and humanity as a whole. Social media has how become indispensable in our societies. Most of the major social media are predominated by the youth, exploiting it for one purpose or the other.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
This study examines changes in the association between social media use and protest behavior in a context of growing social unrest among the younger population. Using propensity score matching, it analyzes data from a repeated cross-sectional survey before, during and after the 2011 students’ demonstrations in Chile. The results indicate that both Facebook and Twitter have significant effects on the likelihood of protesting, although these effects vary across time and platforms.
W. Lance Bennett & Alexandra Segerberg
University of Washington & Stockholm University respectively
From the Arab Spring and los indignados in Spain, to Occupy Wall Street (and beyond), large-scale, sustained protests are using digital media in ways that go beyond sending and receiving messages. Some of these action formations contain relatively small roles for formal brick and mortar organizations.
Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida.
This paper examines the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Marriage Equality logo as an example of a meme to further understandings of memetic transmission in social media technologies. The HRC meme is an important example of how even seemingly insignificant moves such as adopting a logo and displaying it online can serve to combat microaggressions, or the damaging results of everyday bias and discrimination against marginalized groups.
University of Westminster.
Decentralized and internally diverse, the Global Justice Movement (GJM) is thought to be influenced by its use of the internet. Operating in an environment characterized by the conditions of globalization and late modernity, the movement strives to be a collective that accommodates individual difference. Focusing on the organizing process of the European Social Forum, this article examines the role of email lists and physical meetings in realizing this ‘unity in diversity’.