Youtube as a site of debate through populist politics: the case of a Turkish protest pop video

Way, Lyndon (2015) Youtube as a site of debate through populist politics: the case of a Turkish protest pop video. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 10 (2). pp. 180-196. ISSN 1744-7143

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During and immediately after the 2013 anti government protests in Turkey, while there was almost complete state control over mainstream media, anti government pop videos posted on Youtube became a symbolic rallying point for protest movements and attracted vast amounts of posted comments. These were widely shared and became sung in public places and during clashes with the police. These videos and the comments posted below them can be examined in the light of scholarly debates about the role of social media in public debate and protest movements. For Critical Discourse Analysis this provides the challenge to analyse the discourses realised in both the video and in the comments themselves. In popular music studies it has been suggested that pop songs have been unsuccessful at communicating more than populist political sentiments. From a discursive point of view, the paper shows that this is indeed the case for one Turkish iconic protest video. It also finds that comments do not deal with the actual events represented in the video but seek to frame these in terms of wider forms of allegiances to, and betrayal of, a true Turkish people and in the light of homogenised and reduced forms of history.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Multicultural Discourses on 5th June, 2015 available online:
Keywords: cultural identity; ethnic identity; identity construction; popular music videos; online comments; Turkey
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Media and Communication
Depositing User: Lyndon Way
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 15:58
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 15:58

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