Author Affiliation, Ana.
Mobile Smartphones as Tools for ‘Efficient’ and ‘Effective’ Protesting: A Case Study of Mobile Protesting in Jamaica
Journal of Mobile Technologies, Knowledge & Society
Date of Publication
This paper draws attention to the discourses surrounding the use of mobile smartphones for protesting (M-Protesting) in Jamaica. More specifically, it presents the findings of a qualitative descriptive research project which utilized a fusion of the case study and discourse analysis methodology to illustrate how protestors describe their experiences with mobile smartphones for protesting a cause. The findings suggest that the respondents interviewed for this study regard the mobile smartphones as an ‘effective’ and efficient’ tool for protesting their cause. More specifically, mobile smartphones were described as being more effective and efficient than traditional ’brick and mortar’ protesting techniques. Mobile smartphones were more 'effective’ because this technology allowed the protestors to engage citizens in ‘meaningful’ conversations about their cause. Mobile smartphones were described as more ‘efficient’ because they allowed the protestors to convey their messages to a wide cross section of users over a vast space, simultaneously and in real-time. The findings have wider implications for how civil society groups engage contemporary and future rule of law issues not only in Jamaica but also in other parts of the democratic world.....