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

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

Publisher  Transaction Publishers
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URLhttp://jonathandonner.com/readwriteerase_prepub.pdf
Pages117-132
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