This paper draws parallels between the use of public leisure spaces in the city such as parks and squares, and the use of certain forms of digital networks. Similarities between these two sorts of social contexts are worth considering, particularly their political dimension. This effortsituates the current conversation about social media as sites of political mobilization into dialogue with the historical analysis of public parks as spaces that, in a similar fashion, were designed for leisure and consumption but was appropriated as sites of resistance. It brings together the literature on urban parks as centers of democracy and the literature on new media spaces as portals of cyber-protest, extending the spatial history of digital politics.

Web 2.0, leisure spaces, parks, political activism, protest, public sphere, social media
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Department of Media and Communication

Arora, P.A. (2013). Usurping Public Leisure Space for Protest. Social Activism in the digital and material commons. Space & Culture, 2013, 1–26. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/40537