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date: 28 February 2020

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The transition to late modern society challenges us to rethink the meaning of communication in movements. The symbolic worlds of recognition, power, and legitimacy in which modern movements operated depended on mass media that encompassed distant citizens in imagined communities. Where communication in such movements revolved around language and framing by leaders, organizations, and mainstream media, the complex communication order supported by internet and mobile networks involves more popular engagement in framing ideas and planning action. Beyond expressing the claims of organizations, digital and social media may develop organizational capacities across geographically dispersed and politically diverse populations. Visual imagery, live multimedia reporting, and personal stories shared over social networks may contribute to organizational routines such as resource allocation and coordinated responses to events. Complex interactions of media and social structure thus suggest an expanded framework based on different roles that communication and media play in different organizational logics of contention.

Keywords: communication in movements, mass media, digital media, social media, technology, language, framing, symbols, political organization

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