J.A. De Sève Cinema, McConnell Library Building, LB-125
1400 Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
15 May 2015
LAIKWAN PANG (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
The Social, the Private, and the Political: The Use of Social Media in Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement
This presentation begins with the way Hannah Arendt theorizes the terms the “social,” the “private,” and the “political,” and it proceeds by juxtaposing Arendt’s political theory with the specific happenings in Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement. The aim of this paper is to understand the interaction between the private and the political in spontaneous political movements such as the Umbrella Movement, and the focus on social media sheds lights on the movement as a process instead of a product, as a temporary port instead of the final destination. It also helps us understand the movement beyond a narrowly defined campaign for universal suffrage, but it is also a gala for a new generation to make themselves seen and heard against the status quo.
Porting Media is a conference and workshop that draws on the nuances of the word “port” to investigate the transportation, translation, and reconfiguration of media within particular sites. Porting is a concept and metaphor useful for rethinking discussions of circulation and infrastructure; media transposition (or transmedia); game and cell phone cultures of portability; media archaeological … Continue reading