Which Alternative? A Critical Analysis of YouTube-Comments in Anti-Fascist Protest
AbstractThis article examines the critical potential of YouTube-comments to foster the development of counter public (Negt and Kluge 1972). The argument is based on an analysis of YouTube-comments in anti-fascist protests taking place in East Germany in 2011. The comments represent political positions across the political spectrum and are analyzed as:  form of the comments;  different political positions as friend-enemy constellations;  the struggle for attention in the mass media;  the critical potential of the different alternatives represented in the comments. The article concludes with a discussion of the emancipative potential of social web platforms such as YouTube to support the struggle from below and to give voice to oppressed political positions.
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