The relationship between technology and sociopolitical change has been a major topic in academic discourse concerning political engagement and protest. Despite these two dynamics refer to different societal subsystems their relation has often been described through semi-causal relations as if new media could deterministically foster political engagement and spark protest  or, at the opposite if a specific socio-political context could deterministically produce technological innovation. This paper proposes to observe this problematic assumption through the lens on academic discourse about political engagement and protest from a longitudinal perspective covering the last 15 years of academic research. Aided by time-series visualisations , this talk draws a sociotechnical timeline of protest and media technologies scholarship to enhance our knowledge about academic research and, at the same time, to understand the perceived connection between media technologies and protest.
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A visual approach to mapping the intersection between scientific discourse, technological evolution, and social movements
Published: 08 June 2017 by MDPI in DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY session DIGITAL NETIZENS AT THE CROSSROADS OF SHARING AND PRIVATISING
Keywords: Social movements, digital media, digital methods