Prof Alfred Hermida shared some of the insights from his project with Candis Callison on #Idlenomore in a talk at the University of Sydney on November 26, 2013.
In his talk, Hermida presented preliminary findings on the actors that shaped the Idle No More hashtag at the height of the movement from December 2012 and January 2013.
Initial analysis indicated a significant presence of non-elite actors in the top 500 most influential voices on Twitter, with citizens reframing or reinterpreting a message through networked platforms that extend the dissemination of news through social interaction, introducing hybridity in news production and news values.
However, institutional elites such as journalists from mainstream media organisations and celebrities were also highly influential in amplifying messages of affirmation and contestation.
The talk was part of the Media@Sydney events held at the University of Sydney Camperdown Campus.