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Journalism and Mass Communication Volume 2 (2015), Article ID 2:IJJMC-109, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.15344/2349-2635/2015/109
Review Article
The Role of Television Video in Emerging a Social Movement: A Study of Information Environment

Chuan Y. Hsu

Department of communication, Tamkang University, Yingzhuan Rd, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, 25157, Taiwan
Corresponding Author Details : Dr. Chuan Y. Hsu, Department of communication, Tamkang University, Yingzhuan Rd, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, 25157, Taiwan; E-mail: 093663@mail.tku.edu.tw
Received : 03 March 2015; Accepted : 07 July 2015; Published : 09 July 2015
Citation : Hsu CY (2015) The Role of Television Video in Emerging a Social Movement: A Study of Information Environment. Int J Journalism Mass Comm 2: 109. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15344/2349-2635/2015/109

Abstract

This paper is about studying the role of visual materials in constructing information environment in Taiwan. In general, the information environment is the pluralization of life-world that creates the distinctive opportunities and pathologies of modern life. Based on the evidence of case study, I discussed the visual effects of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in information environment. In theory, a common issue concerning with the Information Society theorists is: if virtual community could be viewed as a form of social collectiveness in the Information Society, then, what is the role of information has played in attaining a community. Toward this end, the paper will be composed of two parts. In the first half, with reference to information theory and social movement studies, I demonstrate the promise of information technology for upholding virtual movements. Based upon theoretical concepts and empirical findings, then, I survey a visual-text mixed event in Taiwan. Furthermore, in terms of theoretical concern, how the information environment contributes to the discussion of social movement is presented in conclusion section. The empirical data were collected from electronic content stored in PTT computer hosting service. These data were analyzed by using the qualitative method. I argue that visual material is a part of framing the everyday activities into the environment. The task of visual-text information is to reason a ground of cultural identity. The virtual community becomes an unique access for pluralizing knowledge in a society. Through setting the visual-text of information environment, the use of the information itself constituted and constructed a web event.