author={Jack Zeljko Bratich},
  journal={Cultural Studies},
  pages={621 - 640}
  • J. Bratich
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
In a time when interactive technologies and participatory usage are equated with DIY citizenship, how do we account for the return of sovereign power in the form of police interventions into usage? How are decentralized social media deployed as instruments by traditional social actors and political institutions? This article addresses these questions by analyzing the structuring context that links convergence and warfare. It focuses on the Alliance of Youth Movements, the State Department co… Expand
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#Free_CeCe: the material convergence of social media activism
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Exposing Convergence: YouTube, Fan Labour, and Anxiety of Cultural Production in Lonelygirl15
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Exposing convergence: YouTube, fan labour, and anxiety of cultural production in Lonelygirl15
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  • H. Pötzsch
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • New Media Soc.
  • 2015
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