This book examines the complex and multidimensional relationship between culture and social media, and its specific impact on issues of identity and social movements, in a globalized world.
Contemporary cyber culture involves communication among people who are culturally, nationally, and linguistically similar or radically different. Social media becomes a space for mediated cultural information transfer which can either facilitate a vibrant public sphere or create cultural and social cleavages. Contributors of the book come from diverse cultural backgrounds to provide a comprehensive analysis of how these social media exchanges allow members of traditionally oppressed groups find their voices, cultivate communities, and construct their cultural identities in multiple ways.
This book will be of great relevance to scholars and students working in the field of media and new media studies, intercultural communication, especially critical intercultural communication, and academics studying social identity and social movements.
Table of Contents
Cultural Identity and Activism In Digital Spaces
Margaret U. D’Silva and Ahmet Atay
Part I Intercultural Communication, Online Community, and Identity
From Pen Pals to ePals: Mediated Intercultural Exchange in a Historical Perspective
Katie Day Good
Western Media’s Influence on Identity Negotiation in Pre-Asylum ‘Gay’ Men
Nathian Shae Rodriguez
‘Serving Activist Realness’: The New Drag Superstars and Activism Under Trump
Brexit and EU Migration in the BBC and CNN: Britishness versus EU Identity
Who am I?, Who are They?: Otherness in the Human Rights Discourse of the United Nations Facebook Pages
Part II Intercultural Communication and Online Social Movements
Tents, Tweets, and Television: Communicative Ecologies and the No to Military Trials for Civilians Grassroots Campaign in Revolutionary Egypt
Nina Grønlykke Mollerup
"Unfriending" Is Easy: Intercultural Miscommunication on Social Networks
Analyzing the Women to Drive Campaign on Facebook
Huda Mohsin Alsahi
"Does This Lab Coat Make Me Look #DistractinglySexy?": A Critical Discourse Analysis of a Feminist Hashtag Campaign
Alex Rister & Jennifer Sandoval
Papuan Political Resistance on Social Media: Regionalisation and Internationalisation of Papuan Identity
Yuyun W. I Surya
Margaret U. D'Silva is a Professor of Communication and Director of the Institute for Intercultural Communication at the University of Louisville. She is President (2019-2021) of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies. Widely published, she recently co-edited, with Ahmet Atay, Mediated Intercultural Communication in a Digital Age (2019, Routledge).
Ahmet Atay is an Associate Professor at The College of Wooster. He is the author of Globalization’s Impact on Identity Formation: Queer Diasporic Males in Cyberspace (2015, Lexington Books) and co-editor of 9 books. He recently co-edited Millennials and Media Ecology: Culture, Pedagogy, and Politics (2019, Routledge), Mediated Intercultural Communication in a Digital Age (2019, Routledge), and Examining Millenials Reshaping Organizational Cultures: From Theory to Practice (2018, Lexington Books).