Class In-Formation: The Intersection of Old and New Media in Contemporary Urban Social Movements

Peter Funke

Peter Funke

Social Movement Studies, Volume 13, Issue 3, 2014

DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2013.831755

Peter Nikolaus Funkea & Todd Wolfsonb*

pages 349-364

Published online: 19 Sep 2013

This article starts out by distinguishing between communication and communication mediums when examining social movement-powered formations of collective identity and collective action. We then focus on communication mediums to examine the different ways that old and new media are utilized in urban social movements under neoliberal capitalism. Based on shifts in the political economy and correspondingly in the contemporary composition of the working class, we focus on the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia to argue that contemporary urban social movements and networks utilize a multi-media platform to further class-based politics. The respective use of old or new media depends on important contextual questions, regarding technology access and geographic aspects of movement building work.