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Every little helps? YouTube, sousveillance and the ‘anti-Tesco’ riot in Stokes Croft

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posted on 2013-11-26, 11:40 authored by Paul Reilly
On 21 April 2011, violence flared in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol following a police raid on a squat. Media coverage suggested that this riot was a manifestation of the campaign against the opening of a Tesco supermarket in the area. Footage later emerged on YouTube, which appeared to support claims by local residents that the violence was caused by heavy-handed police tactics rather than the anti-Tesco campaign. This study uses a critical thematic analysis to explore the comments left by those who viewed these acts of ‘inverse surveillance’, or sousveillance. Results indicate that YouTube provided a space in which alternative views on the Stokes Croft riot were seen and heard but the views of many commentators still appeared to be influenced by the news media.

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New Media and Society, 2013, in press

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Media and Communication

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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New Media and Society

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SAGE Publications

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1461-4448

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1461-7315

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2013

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2013-11-26

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http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/11/19/1461444813512195

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en

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