Democracy in an age of viral reality: A media epidemiography of Spain’s indignados movement

@article{Postill2014DemocracyIA,
  title={Democracy in an age of viral reality: A media epidemiography of Spain’s indignados movement},
  author={John Postill},
  journal={Ethnography},
  year={2014},
  volume={15},
  pages={51 - 69}
}
The present article draws from fieldwork on the indignados (or 15M) movement in Spain to propose a new approach to the study of protest movements in the digital era: ‘media epidemiography’. This composite of the terms ‘epidemiology’ and ‘ethnography’ is used as a heuristic to address the research challenge of today’s swiftly evolving techno-political terrains. I argue that viral media have played a key role in Spain’s indignados movement, with Twitter as the central site of propagation… 

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