Griots and social media


Session Title:

  • Citizenship and Contested Spaces

Presentation Title:

  • Griots and social media




  • Abstract  (Short Paper)

    During December of 2008, the Greek state and the Greek citizens experienced a rather unprecedented sequence of events, which are now world known as #griots. After the killing of a young student named Alexis Grigoropoulos by a policeman, an almost general outburst broke out in the major Greek cities that lasted three weeks. An astonishing, unexpected feature of the #griots was the use of the so called digital activism, or more specifically the use of social media and cell phones not only for communication and co-ordination purposes, but also to relay the events towards a wider audience.