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The Technologization of Street Demonstrations and the Agency of the Mobile Phone. A Short Story of the Future of Digital Witness Evidence

Author(s): Meis, Mareike
Abstract

Looking back at the big corpus of videos available on Social Media from the early street protests of the Syrian Civil War, this paper focuses on past acts of media witnessing as inheriting a future justiciability of digital witness evidence. It discusses the agency of the mobile phone as prime documenting and reporting device in contemporary technologized street demonstrations with reference to Judith Butler (2011) and Aurélia Kalisky (2017). Applying a diffractive research perspective towards the study of media witnessing based on Donna J. Haraway’s (1997; 2004 [1992]) writings, the paper brings together different media material and theoretical approaches in a narrative history of the technologization of street demonstrations and of an inherited future of digital witness evidence as corroborative, and eventually prime, legal evidence.


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Meis, Mareike: The Technologization of Street Demonstrations and the Agency of the Mobile Phone. A Short Story of the Future of Digital Witness Evidence. In: Navigationen - Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften, Jg. 23 (2023), Nr. 1, S. 110-123. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/20077.
@ARTICLE{Meis2023,
 author = {Meis, Mareike},
 title = {The Technologization of Street Demonstrations and the Agency of the Mobile Phone. A Short Story of the Future of Digital Witness Evidence},
 year = 2023,
 doi = "\url{http://dx.doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/20077}",
 volume = 23,
 address = {Siegen},
 journal = {Navigationen - Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften},
 number = 1,
 pages = {110--123},
}
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