Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left (History of Communication)

Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left (History of Communication)

Todd Wolfson


Digital Rebellion examines the effect of recent media and conversation applied sciences at the spatial, strategic, and organizational textile of social movements.
 
Todd Wolfson starts with the increase of the Zapatistas within the mid-1990s, and the way points of the movement--network organizational constitution, participatory democratic governance, and using verbal exchange instruments as a binding agent--became crucial components of Indymedia and all Cyber Left companies. From there he makes use of oral interviews and different wealthy ethnographic facts to chart the media-based imagine tanks and experiments that endured the Cyber Left's evolution in the course of the autonomous Media Center's start round the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle.
 
After interpreting the historic antecedents and upward push of the worldwide Indymedia community, Wolfson melds digital and standard ethnographic perform to discover the Cyber Left's cultural good judgment, mapping the social, spatial and communicative constitution of the Indymedia community and detailing its operations at the neighborhood, nationwide and worldwide point. He additionally appears to be like on the participatory democracy that governs international social hobbies and the methods the movement's dual ideologies, democracy and decentralization, have come into pressure, and the way what he calls the switchboard of fight conducts tales of shared fight from the hyper-local and dispersed world wide. As Wolfson indicates, figuring out the intersection of Indymedia and the worldwide Social Justice circulate illuminates their foundational function within the Occupy fight, Arab Spring rebellion, and the opposite emergent pursuits that experience in recent times re-energized radical politics.

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