Jana Herwig

is a doctoral student and university assistant at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. Her research interests are digital online media, the aesthetics of the social in Web 2.0, and social media. She is an online editor, corporate blogger and social media trainer. Her personal blog can be found at digiom.wordpress.com


The uni's burning via Internet

Observations on the changing nature of protest

The rapid expansion of the student protests across the German-speaking space was largely a result of Web 2.0 and the different networking possibilities it offers. Refuting derogatory references to a “facebook rebellion” as the tired expression of a ’68 fixation and tackling the charge that the virtual sense of “being there” undermines active participation, Jana Herwig, Max Kossatz and Viola Mark examine what the student protests reveal about changing the face of political activism in the era of Web 2.0.