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The Interdependency of online and offline activism: a case study of Fridays For Future-Barcelona in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown

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dc.contributor.author Soler-i-Martí, Roger
dc.contributor.author Ferrer Fons, Mariona
dc.contributor.author Terren, Ludovic
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-28T08:39:34Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-28T08:39:34Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Soler-i-Martí R, Ferrer-Fons M, Terren L. The Interdependency of online and offline activism: a case study of Fridays For Future-Barcelona in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown. Hipertext.net. 2020;21:105-14. DOI: 10.31009/hipertext.net.2020.i21.09
dc.identifier.issn 1695-5498
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/47240
dc.description.abstract The lockdown imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as the resulting surge in the use of digital technologies and social media for activism or social life all represent a unique opportunity to study the relationship between online and offline activism. To do so, we focus on the Barcelona branch of Fridays For Future, the recent and global youth climate movement that expanded through social networks and organised several largescale global protests. Based on data from Fridays For Future-Barcelona’s Twitter account, the analysis looks at and compares the level of activity and interactions during normal times and during the lockdown. The results suggest a close and mutually-reinforcing relationship between offline and online activism, with peaks of Twitter activity and interactions usually revolving around offline protest actions. They also show that the lockdown period was characterised by an increase in the number of tweets but a decrease in the number of interactions and thus in the repercussion of the movement on social networks.
dc.description.abstract El confinamiento impuesto a raíz del brote de COVID-19, así como el consecuente aumento en el uso de tecnologías digitales y redes sociales para el activismo y la vida social, representan una oportunidad única para estudiar la relación entre el activismo online y offline. Con este propósito analizamos el movimiento de Fridays For Future en Barcelona, parte del reciente movimiento climático global y juvenil que se ha expandido a través de las redes sociales, organizando protestas globales y manifestaciones a gran escala. Basado en datos de la cuenta de Twitter de Friday For Future-Barcelona, el artículo compara el nivel de actividad e interacciones durante el período de normalidad en relación con confinamiento. Los resultados sugieren una relación estrecha y de refuerzo mutuo entre el activismo online y offline, con picos de actividad e interacciones en Twitter que generalmente giran en torno a acciones de protesta en la calle. También muestran que el período de confinamiento se caracterizó por un aumento en el número de tweets pero una disminución en el número de interacciones y, por lo tanto, en la repercusión del movimiento en las redes sociales.
dc.description.sponsorship This article is based on data from two ongoing research projects on youth climate activism: YouGECA (Youth Global Engagement for Climate Action) funded by the PlanetaryWellbeing2019 Pompeu Fabra University programme, and #4F (Hashtags For Future) funded by the AJOVE2019-AGAUR form the Government of Catalonia.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Universitat Pompeu Fabra
dc.relation.ispartof Hipertext.net. 2020;21:105-14
dc.rights Este documento está sujeto a una Licencia Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObrasDerivadas 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.title The Interdependency of online and offline activism: a case study of Fridays For Future-Barcelona in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown
dc.title.alternative La interdependencia del activismo online y offline: el caso de Fridays For Future-Barcelona en el contexto de la COVID-19
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.31009/hipertext.net.2020.i21.09
dc.subject.keyword Social movements
dc.subject.keyword Online activism
dc.subject.keyword Offline activism
dc.subject.keyword Social media
dc.subject.keyword Fridays for future
dc.subject.keyword COVID-19
dc.subject.keyword Movimientos sociales
dc.subject.keyword Activismo online
dc.subject.keyword Activismo offline
dc.subject.keyword Redes sociales
dc.subject.keyword Fridays For Future
dc.subject.keyword COVID-19
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dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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