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The Anatomy of a Social Media(ted) Protest: #OccupyCentral on Instagram

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I manually track the #OccupyCentral tag on Instagram over 72hrs and attempt to thematize the visual emblems of social protests as mediated on social media. [Note: Image Heavy]

01 Iconic visual symbols 

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02 An iconic image/scene capturing the essence of the movement

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03 Borrowing emblems from other social movements

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04 Borrowing from emblems in pop culture

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05 People from other protests lend their support


06 Subversive caricatures of political leaders

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07 Keep Calm and X

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08 Ambiguously appropriated Hollywood-borrowed memes 

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09 Somewhat humorous signboard trolling

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10 Hashtag mutation and innovation

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11 Social media apps and networks get blocked

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12 Diaspora and locals residing overseas organize themselves

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13 Protest essentials are suggested


14 Protest paraphernalia is made 

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15 Injuries are documented


16 Down time is captured

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17 Protest selfies

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18 Themed protest selfies i.e. Student selfies

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19 Close-up selfies of local residents away from the event

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20 Scantly relevant tourist selfies


21 Tourists posing in the thick of events

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22 Scantly relevant fashionistas

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23 Counter-hegemonic aesthetic leisurely shots of locals

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24 Pet selfies bearing emblems of the protest

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25 Irrelevant posts jump on the tag for viewer traffic

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What other visual emblems have been circulating? Were there images that were particularly grabbing to you? Beep me!

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Beep here.

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