Fake accounts, real activism: political faking and user-generated satire as activist intervention

Ferrari, E. (2018) Fake accounts, real activism: political faking and user-generated satire as activist intervention. New Media and Society, 20(6), pp. 2208-2223. (doi: 10.1177/1461444817731918)

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In this article, I explore user-generated political satire in Italy by focusing on fake political accounts. By fake accounts, I refer to humorous social media accounts that satirize a politician or a political organization through impersonation. I investigate political faking and user-generated satire as an activist intervention. Through in-depth interviews, I explore the motivations and the relationship with Italian politics of a sample of fake account creators. The results show that most of the satirists interviewed here consider satire as a form of activism and even those who do not, still recognize the subversive nature of satire. Furthermore, a majority of the interviewees have complex biographies of activism that predate the creation of the fake accounts. For a smaller number of them, the fake accounts have also provided new possibilities to engage in activism away-from-keyboard (AFK).

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ferrari, Dr Elisabetta
Authors: Ferrari, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:New Media and Society
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7315
Published Online:21 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 SAGE Publications
First Published:First published in New Media and Society
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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