Music Videos as Protest Communication: The Gezi Park Protest on YouTube

Olu Jenzen, Itir Erhart, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Derya Güçdemir, Umut Korkut, Aidan McGarry

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    This chapter explores the relevance of the protest song as political communication in the Internet era. Focusing on the prolific and diverse YouTube music video output of the Gezi Park protest of 2013, we explore how digital technologies and social media offer new opportunities for protest music to be produced and reach new audiences. We argue that the affordances of digital media and Internet platforms such as YouTube play a crucial part in the production, distribution and consumption of protest music. In the music videos, collected from Twitter, activists use a range of aesthetic and rhetorical tools such as various mash-up techniques to challenge mainstream media reporting on the protest, communicate solidarity, and express resistance to dominant political discourse.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Aesthetics of Global Protest
    Subtitle of host publicationVisual Culture and Communication
    EditorsAidan McGarry, Itir Erhart, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Olu Jenzen, Umut Korkut
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherAmsterdam University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9789048544509
    ISBN (Print)9789463724913
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2019

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