(Social) Media Time, Connective Memory and Activist Television Histories: The Case of TV Stop

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Title (Social) Media Time, Connective Memory and Activist Television Histories: The Case of TV Stop
Author Askanius, Tina
Editor Mortensen, Mette ; Neumeyer, Christina ; Poell, Thomas
Date 2018
English abstract
Through a case study of the Copenhagen-based activist television channel TV Stop (1987-2005), this chapter examines how social media are used as archives in ways that seek to facilitate connective memory between past, present and future protest movements. Drawing on in-depth key informant interviews and a thematic analysis of the online spaces former activists appropriate to store, organise and reinvigorate the historical video material, the case of TV Stop is used to reflect upon memory, archival activism and media time/temporalities in relation to social media materialities. The chapter is concerned with materiality in the specific context of video and television production and the pre-digital properties of the media landscape in which the channel first operated. It follows a shift in the cultural form that the channel uses to express itself along with a general transition from analogue to digital video materiality, which involve different forms of temporality, storage and memory. The analysis shows how the relaunch of TV Stop in social media can usefully be understood as driven by three interlaced incentives to store and preserve time; to catch up with times and as impelled by the urge to remember times passed and reminding people of the value of remembering and making connections between past and present struggles.
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Social Media Materialities and Protest : Critical reflections
Series/Issue Critical Perspectives on Citizen Media;
ISBN 9781138093089
Language eng (iso)
Subject social media
memory
activism
video activism
alternative television
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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