“I Have the Government in My Pocket…”: Social Media Users in Turkey, Transmit-Trap Dynamics, and Struggles Over Internet Freedom

Lisa Parks, Hannah Goodwin, Lisa Han

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Abstract

This article explores how social media users in Turkey conceptualize and navigate free speech challenges in the wake of recent government crackdowns on media institutions. The study is based on qualitative interviews with 40 social media users in Istanbul, including people from LGBTQ, feminist, Kurdish, journalist, activist, and academic communities, who have been on the front lines of free speech struggles in Turkey. Informants' comments converged around a theme of transmit-trap dynamics, which emphasizes user experiences in the context of “networked authoritarianism,” and speaks to the ways Turkish social media users find themselves simultaneously empowered by and targeted within social media platforms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)574-592
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication, Culture and Critique
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Digital Activism
  • Internet Freedom
  • Social Media Users
  • Social Minorities
  • Turkey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications

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