Publication details

Defining the Occupy Movement: Visual Analysis of Facebook Profile Images Posted by Local Occupy Movement Groups


KIM Tae-Sik

Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Visual Communication Quarterly
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Facebook profile images visual components social networking Occupy Movement visual images in social movements
Description This visual study analyzes a total of 188 profile images posted on local Occupy group Facebook pages in order to identify how images adopted by local movement groups reflect the characteristics of the movements. By analyzing text, image, and color components of profile images, this study finds that certain design concepts and components are widely shared by local Occupy groups, which reflects the representational characteristic of the Occupy movement as a networked movement. Also, the Occupy Movement can be seen as an extension of traditional social movements because of a wide adoption of design components that are historically symbolic images and colors of social movements.
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