Case Study of Twitter’s Social Surveillance Culture: K-Pop’s #WhiteLivesMatter Campaign

Introduction

Description of Twitter’s Functions

How does Twitter allow for social surveillance?

K-Pop and #WhiteLivesMatter

The Campaign

Source: https://twitter.com/strawberryoohob/status/1274985478257700864
Source: https://twitter.com/iCookiezzzz/status/1268191716068204555?s=20
Source: https://twitter.com/kttyoongz/status/1268374465060225029?s=20
Source: https://twitter.com/daniarv25/status/1274973129094266881
Source: https://twitter.com/markeiamccarty/status/1275105138957414405

K-Pop Campaign: Social Surveillance?

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilyblake1/2018/04/04/k-pop-numbers/?sh=432c90f748ab

Similar K-Pop Campaigns:

Dallas Police iWatch Application:

President Trump’s Tulsa Rally:

Source: https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1274500359566897152

Implications for the Future

  1. Gwen Bouvier and Judith E. Rosenbaum, “Communication in the Age of Twitter: The Nature of Online Deliberation,” in Twitter, the Public Sphere, and the Chaos of Online Deliberation (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), 1–22.
  2. Alice Marwick, “The public domain: Surveillance in everyday life,” Surveillance & Society 9, no. 4 (2012): 382.
  3. Bouvier and Rosenbaum, “Communication in the Age of Twitter: The Nature of Online Deliberation,” 1–22.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Gwen Bouvier, “Racist call-outs and cancel culture on Twitter: The limitations of the platform’s ability to define issues of social justice,” Discourse, Context & Media 38 (2020): 100431.
  6. Marwick, “The public domain: Surveillance in everyday life,” Surveillance & Society 9, no. 4 (2012): 381.
  7. Ibid., 379.
  8. Taylor Lorenz et al., “TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally,” The New York Times, The New York Times, June 21, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/21/style/tiktok-trump-rally-tulsa.html.
  9. Lorenz et al., “TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally”.
  10. Bouvier and Rosenbaum, “Communication in the Age of Twitter: The Nature of Online Deliberation,” 1–22.
  11. Ibid.

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