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February 2021

Civic Media Insights: Burcu Baykurt, “The City as Data Machine: Local Governance in the Age of Big Data”

Friday, February 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/99693116799 MA
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Burcu Baykurt on how Kansas City officials and civic entrepreneurs ignored the needs of already-vulnerable groups, downplayed their legitimate concerns about automated surveillance, and neglected the “data deserts” that they had created.

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March 2021

Civic Media Insights: Rachel Kuo, “Movement Media: Racial Solidarities Across Platforms”

Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/98427008549 MA
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Looking at processes behind media-making and information sharing, this talk by Rachel Kuo demonstrates ways that racial justice movements create and sustain connections across incommensurable and uneven racial differences.

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Civic Media Insights: Rogelio Alejandro Lopez, “Rebels with a Cause: Youth, Social Movements, and Media”

Friday, March 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94875943941 MA
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Using a mixed-methods, and multi-framework approach — social movements and participatory politics — Rogelio Lopez examines notable instances of youth protest and contextualizes them within broader movements to center and prioritize generational and intersectional social justice claims and grievances.

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Civic Media Insights: Jabari Evans, “The Anatomy of Digital Clout(chasing): Examining Social Media Visibility, Relational Labor and Empowerment Strategies of Black Youth in Chicago’s Drill Rap Scene”

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/95369628997 MA
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Jabari Evans explores the content and character of Drill rap artists' work on social media toward acquiring “clout”- a digital form of influence rooted in Hip-Hop that allows marginalized youth to leverage digital tools in building social status.

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Civic Media Insights: Sulafa Zidani, “‘Speaking in Memes’: The Linguistic and Creative Politics of the Untranslatable Public”

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94332660080 MA
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Sulafa Zidani examines the transnational power dynamics within the creative practices of online publics.

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