Alternative Media as Tools of Social Change? Use of Graffiti and Human Bodies during 2019-20 Hong Kong Protests

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

Conference

Title72nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA 2022)
LocationHyatt Regency Paris Étoile, Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, Le Méridien Etoile and VIRTUAL
PlaceFrance
CityParis
Period26 - 30 May 2022

Abstract

Thanks to the weaponization of digital media, it is nowadays possible for the general population to hold their fellow citizens or even their government accountable. One of the methods citizens tend to use to achieve that goal is (digital) vigilantism, which presumes undeviating (online) actions such as punishment, dissuasion, and targeted surveillance. This phenomenon was present in the 2019-20 Hong Kong protests triggered against the introduction of the controversial Fugitive Offenders Amendment Bill. The aim of the study is to shed light on the importance of (digital) vigilantism in the fight for the public sphere, namely, through the following alternative media: graffiti and human bodies. The observation method was utilized to identify the most prominent visual elements related to these two forms of contentious media and to note patterns present in the conveyance of resistance messages. In addition, this research aims to contribute to the developing field of media archaeology studies by close examinations of communicative functions of graffiti and human bodies in shifting the power dynamics. Results of this study indicate that protesters have utilized their own bodies and graffiti as the circuit for messages of political resistance, who were more than present in both the material and virtual world, and in both traditional and non-conventional online media channels.

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Alternative Media as Tools of Social Change? Use of Graffiti and Human Bodies during 2019-20 Hong Kong Protests. / Moskovljevic, M.; Masood, M.
2022. Paper presented at 72nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA 2022), Paris, France.

Research output: Conference PapersRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (without host publication)peer-review