Ferguson Supplement: Demonstrations and Direct Actions

The use of social media during protests and direct actions regarding Ferguson reveal a porous boundary between digital and analog activism. When #BlackLivesMatter expresses itself as the physical rallying point for tens of thousands of people marching throughout the United States, for instance, how do we understand the mutual constitution of online and offline worlds beyond simple hierarchy or comparison?

WATCH: Hands-Up United video featuring local protestors describing their experiences:


Prepared by @yarimarbonilla and Max Hantel#Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States, by Yarimar Bonilla and Jonathan Rosa. American Ethnologist, volume 42, number 1, pp. 4-17.