Read-Write-Erase: Mobile-mediated publics in South Africa’s 2009 elections

Marion Walton and Jonathan Donner

Abstract

This paper describes four kinds of mobile mediated political participation observed during the 2009 national elections in South Africa: (1) SMS ‘wars’ in the run-up to the election; (2) .mobi websites hosted by political parties; and the political content included on (3) the mobile social network Mig33 and excluded from (4) its counterpart/competitor, MXit. We discuss the failure of all four forms to support the emergence of a networked or mediated public, and consider how particular properties of the mobile internet, vs. the ‘traditional’ internet, are partially responsible

Details

Publication typeInbook
URLhttp://jonathandonner.com/readwriteerase_prepub.pdf
Pages117-132
PublisherTransaction Publishers
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