Introducing Vigilant Audiences

Daniel Trottier, Rashid Gabdulhakov, Qian Huang

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In nearly any context, people are attentive and judgemental when it comes to the affairs of others. Vigilant audiences entail a range of phenomena, span geographic areas and vary in their motivations as well as their affiliations. This watching can escalate to vigilantism if audiences witness something that demands a response. We understand digitally mediated vigilantism to include practices where citizens (or digital media users more generally) areoffended by other citizen actions, and retaliate through practices and repertoires that include mobile devices and social platforms (Trottier, 2017). As a global development, digital media audiences denounce and bear witness to criminal and moral offences. They consume footage of these events, but also take a collective role in scrutinising and seeking retribution against targets. [...]
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntroducing Vigilant Audiences
Place of PublicationCambridge
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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Funding information: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 707404” LEaDing Fellows.

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  • Introducing Vigilant Audiences

    Trottier, D., Gabdulhakov, R. & Huang, Q., 2020, UK. 360 p.

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