Activist Journalism: Using Digital Technologies and Undermining Structures.

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This article explores how human interactions with networked technologies enable and constrain the emergence of social structures that nourish public knowledge and experience. By adapting Anthony Giddens' (1984) Structuration Theory and extending its perspective to technology (W. J. ), the study endeavors to examine the manner in which engagement with networked technologies by people outside mainstream news organizations reproduces structures that neutralize the power of media institutions to construct social reality, as well as the manner in which their actions simultaneously produce new social structures (N. ). The study is grounded in analysis of the online activities of members of Machsom Watch-a women's organization that monitors the human rights of Palestinians at checkpoints set up by the Israeli army.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-56
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication, Culture and Critique
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2012


  • Digital technology
  • Giddens, Anthony, 1938-
  • Human rights
  • Journalism
  • Machsom Watch (Organization)
  • Social reality
  • Social structure


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