Every little helps? YouTube, sousveillance and the ‘anti-Tesco’ riot in Stokes Croft
journal contributionposted 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.
CitationNew Media and Society, 2013, in press
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Media and Communication
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