Video activism in Turkey: empowerment of oppressed or another kind of surveillance? the case of Karahaber

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2010
Mehrabov, İlkin
This thesis explores the conduct of video activism in Turkey through a case study on Karahaber, an Ankara based video activist collective, which was the only example of its kind in Turkey in the beginning of the study. The purpose of the study is to investigate Karahaber’s video activism through the major question of the thesis: Was Karahaber able to provide empowerment for the socially excluded and oppressed, or the practices conducted by it further contributed to the surveillance culture? This is an exploratory research based on qualitative data gathered through semi-structured interviews and content analysis of the videos of Karahaber hosted on its website. It is argued that by following outdated practices of early video activist groups and by limiting dissemination of produced videos with Internet, Karahaber diminished empowering effects of video activism and on the contrary contributed to the proliferation of spectacle society.

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İ. Mehrabov, “Video activism in Turkey: empowerment of oppressed or another kind of surveillance? the case of Karahaber,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.