From Anti – to a positive message

If I were to judge the present capitalist economic system in terms of environmental sustainability, poverty reduction, equality and human wellbeing, I should say that it has failed. But most political activism, to say nothing about the public at large, beat about the bush.

We are so afraid of the Soviet social phantom that we don´t even dare to imagine a post-capitalist society. But such a society does not necessarily mean the rejection of private ownership, the markets mechanism and the end of citizen rights and freedoms. It´s not about the almighty state controlling every little detail.

Natalie Fenton(2007)discusses the potentiality of Internet in providing such a social imaginery, that could turn the groups joined by Anti– to a positive force joined by Solidarity.

She writes about forming alliances based on positive political projects – visions.But she doesn´t shun the problems. Such as the fragmentation of activist groups and their different ideas, the drift of new ideas catching attention, the prediliction for action vs. theory, the distrust of traditional ways of doing politics etc.

Follow he discussion in ” Contesting global capital, new media, soildarity and the role of social imaginery in Reclaiming the Media, ed. Cammaerts & Carpentier.

You will get an idea of “biopolitics” and how economic, political and cultural spheres are interrelated. ” With the results that the political mobilization of individuals and organizations in civil society act to normalize and stabilize the conditions that threaten the wellbeing of populations,` but do not alter the structural conditions for those threats and disturbances´ (Lipschutz

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Skipping the ‘media’ with New Media

by Sallie Pisch on October 23, 2013

One interesting aspect of new media – particularly in regard to social media and activism – is the ability for information to completely bypass traditional forms of media, including newspapers, television, radio, news websites, etc.

Hannu Nieminen makes a very interesting case study of the Finnish government’s desire to get information directly to Finns, because of “the ‘corrupting’ influence of the media and journalists.” Nieminen describes attempts by the Finnish government to speak directly to its people.

It is easily argued that successive Egyptian governments have followed a similar train of thought since January 2011. The media is increasingly seen as biased and untrustworthy by consumers across the world; meaning governments need a new way to get their messages to their citizens.

In Egypt in 2011, the ruling military council skipped the media entirely – it released its statements and declarations directly on Facebook. Politicians, also, make their opinions known on Twitter, to the extent that “Mr. A said X on his Twitter account” is news for the vast majority of Egyptian news websites.

This circumventing of the traditional media process is increasingly common; back in 2006, it was forms of new media activism – notably blogging and citizen journalists – that forced the Egyptian government to acknowledge a rash of sexual harassment cases during the Eid holidays. This is certainly, at least in part, because forms of new media allow this direct dialogue to exist in a way that it never has before.

Nieminen writes that, from the viewpoint of political elites, citizens are missing out on necessary information because it does not meet the increasingly commercial goals of news outlets.

But is direct dialogue from the government less, rather than more, convoluted than the results provided by an intermediary news outlet?

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How Efficiency and Concentration are going down – Media and Tecnology as Disadvantage

October 22, 2013

Due to Internet and its proliferation learning processes might change, because the structure differs very much from the ones books have. Schuurmann (2013: p. 369) argues for the brain as a soft-wired processing system, deeply influenced by used technologies. As taxi drivers have a greater hippocampus,  because they use spatial knowledge more frequent, the brain […]

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More surveillance, more penalties – NO!

October 22, 2013

Do you remember Piratebay? The Swedish tracker that started in 2003, became one of largest in the world. Its success story ended with a lengthy lawsuit of several years and a very high penalty, prison and damages of many millions. Guilty of infringement of copyright. The Supreme Court and EU refused to re-examine the case. Read […]

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Flash Mobs, Social Media and their Aim

October 21, 2013

What to do, if a mall does not want to let you in? As Activism and Social Media are intertwined, Flash Mobs, which already appear in the early 18th century (Shah) – though mostly involving secret codes for meetings during industrialisation – are a crucial part of social activism, performance and demonstration. It is a […]

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The Evergreen: ICT and Delevopment approaches

October 21, 2013

How to use ICT to help to identify the outcome of it concerning development? Impacts of ICT are often difficult to show, even though Internet and ICT are treated as groundbreaking. One reason is, that development is often connected to economic growth, (Kleine 2010: p. 675). Kleine (2010) suggests an alternative and challenging view of […]

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Independent media and social change

October 20, 2013

Alternative and activist new media is indeed a break with mainstream media and its we publish – you read, an approach which holds also on their online editions. Participation is a good thing. But can participatory journalism compete with big media in influencing the opinions of the public? That is what is at stake in […]

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Fighting violence against women with new media activism

October 19, 2013

Leah Lievrouw argues that one thing setting new media apart from traditional media is the possibilities for participation; this also ties into the concept of new media ‘activism.’ One strong example of using new media in activism is the fight against sexual harassment and violence against women. New media ‘activists’ are increasingly using social media […]

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New media is ‘frontier’ for Egypt after the “coup”

October 19, 2013

In her introduction to Alternative and Activist New Media, Leah Lievrouw says new media systems are generally considered in two views: either a “pipeline” view, or a “frontier” view. In Egypt, both new media outlets and “new media” are clearly viewed from a “frontier” perspective. This is particularly clear with English-language media. Lievrouw says frontier media […]

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ICT4D in an international perspective, Forum May 2013

October 18, 2013

Watch this recording! Maybe you will get a new and other perspective on ICT4D. But first, my own comments to Pieterse’s arguments. I find them very convincing! But is he not inconsistent? On the one hand, ICT4D is not equal to development. Developing countries lack capital for necessary investments. Why do they otherwise need aid? […]

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