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Since the mass participation in the Gezi Park protests of 2013, youth activism in Turkey has not translated into party politics, nor has another similar wave of protests followed. However, the line of criticism directed against the government and its leaders during the protests is still present, and is particularly visible online. Besides more serious political criticism found online, certain satire websites, Facebook groups, and some so-called benign Twitter trolls have developed a critical, humorous voice of their own. This article is an analysis of the humor and youth activism displayed in these venues, placing both into the broader context of present-day Turkish politics.

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Ahu Yiğit
Ahu Yiğit Ahu Yiğit a specialist in Turkish politics. She holds a PhD in political science from Bilkent University in Ankara, and is currently based in Washington DC.
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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