Activity: Talk or presentation › Lecture and oral contribution
In this paper I assess communication for social change from a citizen’s perspective. Based on an example from Tanzania, of a civil society driven media platform which seeks to enhance processes of empowerment, influence good governance and promote social change, I explore three analytical perspectives: Firstly, I use Roger Silverstone’s concept of ‘mediapolis’ to explore the mediated public sphere as a space for civic action and participation. Secondly, I present and discuss the concept of ‘human (in)security’ which refers to how cultures of fear and insecurity permeate public discourse and the public sentiment. Finally, I discuss how to theorize communication for social change in a digital era, approaching it from a citizens perspective and connecting contexts outlined in this paper – human (in)security, mediápolis and citizenship – with the Tanzanian reality.