Internet alternative media, movement experience, and radicalism: the case of post-Umbrella Movement Hong Kong
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AbstractThis article examines the relationship between online alternative media consumption and public support for radical social movement goals and tactics. Theoretically, online alternative media use could relate to the holding of more radical views either because such views are propagated by the alternative media or because of the breeding of extreme views through communications among like-minded people. At the same time, this relationship is expected to be particularly strong when online alternative media use is coupled with specific types of movement experiences. Analysis of a representative survey (N = 1012) in Hong Kong shows that both online alternative media use and participation in the Umbrella Movement in 2014 related positively to the attitude toward violent protests and toward Hong Kong independence, and the relationship between online alternative media use and radical views was particularly strong among the Umbrella Movement participants. The analysis also shows a distinction between the implications of consumption of alternative media belonging to different political factions.
All Author(s) ListLEE Lap Fung
Journal nameSocial Movement Studies
Year2018
Volume Number17
Issue Number2
Pages219 - 233
ISSN1474-2837
eISSN1474-2829
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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