Prosumption, Transmediation, and Resistance: Terrorism and Man-Hunting in Southeast Asia

Pauline Cheong, Chris Lundry

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Abstract

Terrorism is a mounting global threat for national security, yet the rise of social media facilitates prosumption and the spread of alternative grassroots stories in response to civic militarization and state propaganda. This article discusses the structural and cultural conditions underlying the production and spread of online user-generated content as radical media tactics. By presenting a case study on the escape and man-hunting of a key terrorist in Southeast Asia, the article examines prosumption and transmediation practices whereby official stories of the terrorist escape are appropriated, remediated, and virally disseminated across different social media-blogs, vlogs, and digital games-to help clarify how new media supports critical citizen engagement. The identification of online activities exhibiting middle-ground resistance, including rumors, political parodies, and infotaining play, illustrates counter narrative responses to mainstream media representations. Findings have implications for the management of tensions in wired global insurgency and strategic communication performances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-510
Number of pages23
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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Keywords

  • Asia
  • convergence culture
  • narratives
  • resistance tactics
  • social media
  • terrorism
  • transmediation
  • Web 2.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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Prosumption, Transmediation, and Resistance : Terrorism and Man-Hunting in Southeast Asia. / Cheong, Pauline; Lundry, Chris.

In: American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 56, No. 4, 04.2012, p. 488-510.

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