Social Media and Politics in Turkey: A Journey Through Citizen Journalism, Political Trolling, and Fake News

Author:   Erkan Saka
Publisher:   Lexington Books
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9781498591393


Pages:   140
Publication Date:   15 July 2021
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Author:   Erkan Saka
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books
ISBN:  

9781498591393


ISBN 10:   1498591396
Pages:   140
Publication Date:   15 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
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A great study of Turkish media cutting across political science, media studies and journalism. Saka's analysis is revolutionary it its inclusion of all aspects relating to social media use politically in Turkey. It is fresh, insightful, well-research and surprisingly up-to-date in an area that keeps changing by the minute. The research is careful, sound, informed, concise and very much relevant to both the scholar and the everyday reader. A fresh look at Turkish media and politics that is on a solid path to be an instant classic.--Murat Akser, Lecturer, University of Ulster Organized around the seminal 'Occupy Gezi Park' events of 2013 and their aftermath, this meticulous account of the emergence of internet citizen journalism in Turkey by one of its pioneering figures ends with chapters on his courageous, remarkable ethnographic research on the emergence of pro-government trolls. The resulting mischief of 'fake news' appears depressingly in Turkey as elsewhere as the state has developed its own internet strategy. As an anitdote, Saka returns in his conclusion to the deeper tradition of online journalism that he chronicles to find not only hope, but inventive ideas and practices to counter the infestation of trolls. This is a meticulous, brilliantly explored work of committed ethnographic scholarship.--George E. Marcus, University of California, Irvine Saka's book is an outstanding examination of Internet-based communicative and political practices in Turkey, rich in excellent empirical and ethnographic material. Anyone interested in social media and politics cannot afford to miss this book.--Elisabetta Costa, University of Groningen, author of Social Media in Southeast Turkey Social Media and Politics in Turkey is a timely and pioneering work that offers a comprehensive and up-to-date examination of the politics of social media in Turkey. In addition to providing a historical overview of Internet adaptation and use in Turkey, Saka explores the frontiers of online activism and counter-activism, shedding much-needed light both on state censorship and on more recent phenomena such as government-sponsored political trolling and the production of fake news to undermine opposition agendas. The book will be invaluable for anyone struggling to understand Turkey in a time when politics happens as much on the streets as on the Web.--Joakim Parslow, University of Oslo This is an impressive volume that will appeal to students of Turkish politics, in large part because of the author's astute study of events leading to and arising from the 2013 Gezi Park protests. Saka (Bilgi Univ., Turkey) traces the emergence of citizen journalism through social media, having been an active participant in the dramatic and innovative use of modern technology in recent years. Before Gezi, for instance, 20,000 protesters gathered in nearby Taksim Sqaure in August 2011 to oppose efforts by the government to crack down on the Internet. This was the most significant event in Turkey's digital activism history, leading to the rise of digital citizen activism and journalism. Saka concludes that the sphere of politics has broadened though social media/digital tools, launching a community and a political movement through platforms like Twitter, Vine, and WhatsApp, in what is still a largely autocratic and rural society. Digital tools have been used for seeking medical help, documenting police violence, debating politics, and gathering, verifying, and disseminating information. This important study will benefit both specialists and non-specialists researching Turkey or social media citizen activism in less democratic settings. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.--CHOICE


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Erkan Saka is associate professor of media and journalism studies at Bilgi University.

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