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A Culture of Survivors: SlutWalk, Third Culture, and New Media Communication

Jennifer L. Seifert
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Jennifer L. Seifert: Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA

International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST), 2015, vol. 5, issue 1, 1-13

Abstract: Drawing from the literature in Intercultural and New Media Studies (INMS), this study explores the SlutWalk social movement, a transnational movement of protest marches. The author conducted interviews with seven SlutWalk organizers from various cities in the United States to understand what culture SlutWalk organizers are fostering through their work and the role of new media communication in their organizational efforts. Results of the interpretative analysis suggest that although SlutWalk organizers foster a survivor culture through activities consistent with intercultural dialogue and third culture building, their use of various social media outlets might be motivated by various definitions of localized need. In addition, organizers highlight a tension between prioritizing more global survivor experiences over individual experiences with sexual assault and reveal the possibility for new media communication to enable anti-social cultural interactions. These findings contribute to the continued development of theorizing in INMS related to virtual third culture and continued scholarship exploring the intersections between new media and intercultural communication.

Date: 2015
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