[ISEA2018] Paper: Tugce Oklay — Hoax News Websites at the Crossroad between Popular and Political


Keywords: Art, activism, Occupy, Gezi, Tahrir, language, internet, aesthetic experience, dissensus.

This paper aims to analyze satirical hoax news websites in relation to local, regional and global mobilizations. To achieve this, a corpus of three websites is selected: The Onion (USA), Zaytung (Turkey) and El Koshary Today (Egypt). The objective is to retrace the history of online content productions before, during and after the movements Gezi, Tahrir and Occupy. This study aims to understand and analyze the phenomenon of satirical newspaper websites through evolution of topics and subjects, use of language, participatory content production, differences and
similarities between selected cases.

  • Tugce Oklay, Turkey. After finishing BA in International Relations at Galatasaray University; and MA at EHESS in Theories and Practices of Language and Arts; continued studying at the
    University of Paris 8 in Contemporary Art and New Media department. Realized two researches on the relation between society and cinema from different periods and different regions: “The Representation of totalitarian regimes in the cinema of Central Europe” and “The religious elements in contemporary cinema in Turkey: religious man figures and children”. Also examined individual and/or collective experiences in interactive installations, studying the artwork – ‘spectator’ relationship in the MA dissertation at University of Paris 8.
    Interested in the change of communication, media and digital arts fields in connection to the transition from industrial to post-industrial society. Ongoing PhD thesis “Activism and arts in the web: language as living entity” is an attempt for an aesthetic reading of online artivist productions in relation to social movements.

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