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Title:Emergent African digital identities: the story behind 'Africa is a Country'
Author:Jacobs, SeanISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Volume:7
Issue:3
Pages:345-357
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:websites
globalization
public opinion
External link:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jams/2015/00000007/00000003/art00007
Abstract:This commentary article is based on a talk first delivered as a public lecture at the London School of Economics in March 2015. The author shares his experiences from running 'Africa is a Country', a blog which deliberately challenges and destabilizes received wisdom about the African continent and its people in Western media, and has become a collective of scholars, writers, artists, filmmakers, bloggers, and curators who together produce online commentary, original writing, media criticism, short videos, and photography. He reflects on the beginnings of his next research project in which he wants to interrogate Africa and Africans' place in 'the global public sphere'. His approach is, instead of focusing on the normative idea of the public sphere, to try and locate 'actually existing' public sphere or public spheres, especially what is emerging online. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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