The cypriot web radio mycyradio as a participatory mélange. Overcoming dichotomies in the era of Web 2.0

Author/s Nico Carpentier
Publishing Year 2014 Issue 2014/2
Language Italian Pages 18 P. 91-108 File size 140 KB
DOI 10.3280/SP2014-002006
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This article is aimed to study the meeting point of online and audiovisual media by analysing a Cypriot community radio station that exclusively uses web streaming, but that still is embedded in the architecture and materiality of the more "traditional" audiovisual media. As a participatory media organisation, MYCYradio allows representatives of the different communities on the island to voice their opinions, play their music, tell their stories and become part of a public space in Cyprus. As a web radio, it uses the online to stream its broadcasts, but also to archive what has already been broadcast. In addition, MYCYradio is a radio station that is very much embedded in the bi-communal movement in Cyprus, bridging the different communities on the still divided island, and linking participation to the representation of diversity. The article also uses findings and data coming from a field research on the MYCYradio case.

Keywords: Web Radio; Cyprus; Participatory Media; Social Movements; Public Sphere

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Nico Carpentier, The cypriot web radio mycyradio as a participatory mélange. Overcoming dichotomies in the era of Web 2.0 in "SOCIOLOGIA E POLITICHE SOCIALI" 2/2014, pp 91-108, DOI: 10.3280/SP2014-002006