Latamcyber welcomes a new postgraduate student who is working with Claire at Liverpool on a Latin American cybercultural topic. Shona Luton is researching the use of YouTube by a social movement active in Mexico and the US. Shona writes:
“The collaborative project on Latin American Cyberculture is the ideal umbrella for the research project that I am undertaking. In line with Claire’s work on borderlands in virtual spaces, I have constructed a comparative research project that aims to study how the organisations of one social movement in Chicago and Mexico City, employ YouTube as a form of virtual protest.
The intention of the research is to study how organisations of the social movement in question, adapt and transform images of Mexico’s past according to cultural differences either side of the Mexican-American border. This is following preliminary research of YouTube videos that has identified how different historical events are recalled through present day social movement activity online, and how this varies depending on the location of the social movement organisation. Consequently this leaves the questions: why these events are selected, how is this decided and to what extent this corresponds with individual participants’ viewpoints. All these questions will be investigated through participant-led research over a four month period in both Chicago and Mexico City, where sociological fieldwork is intended to complement preliminary online research.
As I am currently on my way to Chicago, I cannot add further information, but I look forward to writing more on site and after the research has been conducted!”
Latamcyber welcomes Shona to the group, and looks forward to hearing about the result of her research in due course.