Topics ranged from how a teen’s birthday party in the Netherlands turned into a massive riot and mass media spectacle, to studies of the use of social media during the uprising in Egypt. And in keeping with the theme, conference organizers worked hard to ensure that even those who couldn’t be in the room could take part online, and follow along through social media tools like Twitter.
Trenz opened up the conference with one of my favourite observations from the entire event. He described how what we do on the Internet is “borderless” and it’s hard to calibrate who is listening when we speak. Trenz said, as a result, we are always only a few steps away from “here” to a “shit storm” while practicing discourse online.Then Zizi Papacharissi took to the podium to talk about the use of social media during the uprising in Egypt.
At #NMPS2012, @zizip says both old & new news values (ambience, crowdsourcing, intense instantaneity) were used covering #egypt on Twitter.
And speaking of context, one of the big take-aways from this conference, for me, will be thinking more carefully about the full picture when it comes to analyzing events through the lens of social media. That was clearly addressed by both Ahmad Kamal from the University of Western Ontario and Nina Mollerup from Roskilde University.
Kamal: we can talk about Internet but real media circulating in #egypt even now is cassette tapes #NMPS2012 – private channels
Next, a few highlights from the afternoon panel on democracy and the online public sphere. Presenting were Martin Danielsson of Halmstad University, Andreea Mogos of Babe-Bolyai University, Eduard Minobis from Unviersitat Oberta de Catalunya, and Filipe Pais from the University of Porto.
RT @NicoleBlanchett: Interesting- Danielsson found participation in mainstream media seen as more important than sites anyone can participate in #NMPS2012
Day 2 of the conference proved just as interesting. It was kicked off by Jan Van Dijk from the University of Twente – and his analysis of how social media, and media in general, played a part in a would-be birthday party in the Netherlands that erupted into a violent riot causing millions in damage.
Van Dijk: is Facebook/Twitter responsible for Haren party-mass media for hyping it?Those are questions being asked in Netherlands #NMPS2012
Two concurrent panels ran next. The first on cultural production in the digital age with presentations from Raluca-Nicoleta Radu from the University of Bucharest, Kevin Wisniewski from the University of Maryland, and Genta Furusawa from Kyushu University in Japan.
Radu: int’l study found journalists think major problem is following the herd due to pressure of competing w/ other newsrooms #NMPS2012
The last parallel session I attended was Net neutrality and public participation. Here are a few highlights from John Boyle of the University of Liverpool, Bjarki Valtysson from the University of Copenhagen, Dyfrig Jones from Bangor University, and conference organizer Ancuta Tarta from the University of Copenhagen:
Boyle: democratic deficit in these proceedings re ACTA treaty -old media failed to cover, new media covered extensively #NMPS2012
Meanwhile, tweets from the other panel on cultural production in the digital age were also coming in. Speakers included Elena Abrudan from Babes-Bolyai University and Martina Mahnke from the University of Erfurt.
Abrudan: Likes and sharing are ways of commenting on visual new media art products. #nmps2012