Nabil Harfoush, Impact of Mobility on Social & Political Movements
in Mobile Technology Consumption: Opportunities and Challenges
The strength of social and political movements is often correlated with the cost and risks of organizing the effort. Reaching large numbers of people to inform them of a movement’s goals, and the ability to recruit supporters, has historically relied on mass media, both printed and electronic, along with traditional canvassing, public assembly, and public speaking. This has naturally favoured economic and political elites who had easier access to media channels, and who controlled in many cases the rights to public assembly and free speech. The emergence of affordable communications in general and mobile communications in particular, is bringing radical change to this balance of power. This chapter explores some of these changes and suggests directions for future research in this area.
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Harfoush, N. (2012). The Impact of Mobility on Social and Political Movement. In B. Ciaramitaro (Ed.), Mobile Technology Consumption: Opportunities and Challenges (pp. 138-167). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-150-4.ch010