Media and information praxis of young activists in the Umbrella Movement

Alice Y L LEE*, Ka Wan Ting

*Corresponding author for this work

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Young people were key participants in the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong and the media also played an important role in this protest. This study examines how Hong Kong’s young activists developed communication strategies and media practices to mobilize this social movement. A framework termed “media and information praxis of social movements” is proposed for the analysis. The findings showed that in their praxis, the young activists used their media and information literacy skills to initiate, organize, and mobilize collective actions. They not only used social media and mobile networks but also traditional mass media and street booths in a holistic and integrated approach to receive and disseminate information. Hence, these young activists served as agents of mediatization. The results also indicated that the young activists moved away from the traditional movement mode which just tried to motivate a large number of people to protest in the streets. They actively engaged in the new movement mode, which emphasizes the media and information power game. Their praxis in the Umbrella Movement reflects the trend toward the mediatization of social movements in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-392
Number of pages17
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • Media and information literacy
  • Media and information praxis of social movements
  • Mediatization
  • Scholarism
  • Umbrella Movement
  • Young activists


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