I wanted to share this article from the Wall Street Journal, about how Russia has passed legislation that aims to further restrict anti-Kremlin dissent on the internet, through blogs and editorial posts. This is clearly meant to stifle Western responses to Putin’s behavior towards Ukraine; it has serious implications for over 3,000 bloggers with laws that force them to revel their identities, once the government has decided the blog has generated enough interest/page views to merit investigation of this kind.
Abstract: The AKP government’s legislation to slowly interfere in the private lives of Turkish citizens had begun to spark unrest in early 2013. A decision to enact a commercial shopping venue in place of a Taksim’s historic Gezi Park triggered an outbreak of protests across different parts of Turkey, including Izmir, Istanbul, and Ankara. These protests brought together students, businesspeople, and shop owners, as well as men and women who would otherwise have rarely interacted in a forum as widespread as the Occupy movement. This paper will look to examine the different media outlets that were utilized as the Occupy Gezi movement progressed, as well as the different groups that tended to use each more (women on Instagram, for example, or students on Twitter). The overlap between these groups will help to explore how Occupy Gezi was ultimately socially unifying as a movement. Additionally, the paper will look at how Occupy movement is in motion today, and what the government’s response (blocks of social media sites, possible election fraud in local elections) will do to either continue or disband the movement.
Kelly and I will be working on this project together. Please click the link to access our project proposal.