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Section 1 Power - Medium - Society

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Acting Spokesperson: Dorothée de Nève

The societal use of media is pervaded by power relations and, at the same time, causes power relations itself. This becomes most apparent when the power of the media is discussed, scandalized, or celebrated in public -particularly with regard to the protection of digital data from companies and intelligence agencies, or in reference to revolutionary and participatory potentials of social media. Beyond that, the social power of the media also unfolds in the everyday life of political processes: for example, in the reconfiguration of democratic procedures through digital participation. Finally, the use of media involves power relations in social relationships, such as families and households, who increasingly organize their everyday life medially. This section provides an interdisciplinary span for topics such as these.



Lecture: Social Media and Social Rights: Technology, activism, identity and Authoritarian Resilience in post-Mubarak Egypt

Hani MorsiSocial media and information and communication technologies, which role do they play after the „Arab Spring”? Not the poor and starving where activists of this change, but the young and technology skilled Egyptians of the upper middleclass. Using social media they mobilized the mass and called for a revolution of inclusivity and diversity in politics und society. In the post-Mubarak System the governance has not yet changed but the ideological label. Can the role of the new technologies be reduced to turn up public furor? Or can we witness a new relationship between state and citizen? To what extent does the virtual political discourse give voice to the poor and marginalized? Hani Morsi explored this and many further questions in his lecture. The young Egyptian academic is doing his doctorate at the University of Essex in Great Britain. He held his lecture on Nov 19th 2012 at the invitation of Section 1 at the ZMI.