Protest in the Age of Social Media — Medium

Protest in the Age of Social Media — Medium.

These events — and the corresponding responses on social media — illustrate what has become increasingly evident: it is almost impossible to think of a major political protest or upheaval occurring without social media being part of both the incident and the ensuing narrative. The Euromaidan protests, which culminated in the flight of President Yanukovych from Ukraine in late February 2014, are a case in point. Indeed, the Ukrainian Euromaidan protest movement may go down in history as the first truly successful social media uprising. Earlier movements labeled social media revolutions subsequently have been criticized for not having had much important activity on social media (Moldova, Arab Spring) or for having had a large social media presence but ultimately failing to make much of a long-term impact as a protest movement (Spain’s Los Indignados, Occupy Wall Street, Gezi Park in Turkey). In Ukraine, a government fell, a region was annexed, a civilian plane was shot down, and what some are calling a civil war continues to this day in the eastern part of the country. Clearly, the movement was consequential and, as we will show, social media usage was widespread and significant.


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