The Illusion of Opposition on Turkish Twitter – Continued Here (part 2 – live in some way)

This is a follow up post on my Beacon article. I thought some people might have questions about the limitations of that particular piece of analysis, as I analysed data about a partly conservative hashtag. I already mentioned in the Beacon post that I can reproduce (and I have) the same results with other types of hashtags and topics, but why take my word for it? I decided to blog my results from additional analyses here. I have already deleted my previous data sets on non-politicised and opposition-like topics, so I will analyse a few other hashtags -on Twitter- that communicate opposition ideas, and post only a few details here. Continue reading “The Illusion of Opposition on Turkish Twitter – Continued Here (part 2 – live in some way)”

The Illusion of Opposition on Turkish Twitter by Yusuf Salman — Beacon

It is a common assumption by journalists, some social scientists and social media users that platforms like Twitter, or SM in general are centres of resistance in regions where there is some sort of conflict. I decided to check this assumption for Turkey.

Source: The Illusion of Opposition on Turkish Twitter by Yusuf Salman — Beacon

Islamophobia, Fearing Islam, and Anti-Muslim Discrimination

The three issues about religion, islamophobia, fearing Islam and discrimination/hate against Muslims are often investigated under one indivisible title; however, they are completely different subjects of discussion, each having different explanations and approaches. This is why I am making this story public. We cannot understand the problems that arise from the approaches about religion unless we separate these three. First, I will provide definitions, and then I will compare these. Continue reading “Islamophobia, Fearing Islam, and Anti-Muslim Discrimination”

Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and the Fascist Pressure to Talk about Things – Part II

In the first part, I wrote about discrimination and murder. Because of the limited time I have in my hands nowadays, I had to cut the article short, and wait for an opportunity to write the second part. In this part, I will try to point out a problem on which many articles have so far been written. This problem is often called “liberal pusillanimity.” In his article “Je suis Charlie? It’s a bit late,” Kenan Malik argues that the situation we are in today regarding free speech is the result of the self-censorship culture developed by many people who call themselves liberals. According to Malik, had such people shown stronger support for free speech for the last 20 years, we would not be dealing with most of the problems we have right now. This “pusillanimity” presents itself in a few different manners, including the ones that are subjects of this article. Continue reading “Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and the Fascist Pressure to Talk about Things – Part II”

War, Peace, Violence and Communication: What Abdullah Öcalan’s Statement is about

One asks the question, why have we fought for decades if we can just talk and try to solve our problems? It is impossible to summarize what last three decades have taken from or country, or our humanity. To even think about what or whom we lost should bring any human being great shame. Humanity aside, Turkey is unfortunately a defense economy. The state has spent hundreds of billions of dollars for military expenses in the last decades. So let us ask the question: why did –about forty thousand- people have to die if we could just talk and solve things? Continue reading “War, Peace, Violence and Communication: What Abdullah Öcalan’s Statement is about”