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Sep 15

Modalities of mobilisation: whither Indymedia?

by Michael O’Regan

A Map Of The World

New media are constantly being (re)born. Their endlessly emergent iterations and configurations present something of a double-edged sword to the activist demos. On one hand, this ongoing technological shape-shifting encourages and facilitates a continuously regenerating oppositional praxis. On the other, an ever-deepening techno-centrism risks fetishizing novelty at the expense of continuity. Novelty, of course, withers swiftly on the vine; that which seems exciting and useful in one moment, faces a near-immediate battle to skirt obsolescence or irrelevance.

An illustrative manifestation of this phenomenon is the confused status of the Independent Media Center (Indymedia, for short). Indymedia was the future once, the loadstar of a supposed revolution in journalism that expanded exponentially and inspired a thousand treatises, before academic and activist attention was captured by the social media of Web 2.0. Continue reading →


21
Sep 15

Perpetual power struggle – new leftist nostalgia built on capitalist media foundations

by Mindaugas Jocbalis

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New Media political activism and social media optimism has reached new heights this year, with a revitalised socialist agenda resulting in changed leftist political party discourses across Europe. With new rightists (UKIP, Freedom Party, Jobbik, Sweden Democrats, PVV) emerging last year, and new leftists this year, new media are presenting idealisations of transformative social change. But are they really making a difference? Or is this just a set-up, a cheer for failure, a capitalist trap for the weak, and the vulnerable? With Syriza failing, and traditional media mockery of CorbynMania, Podemos and SNP, how is socialism represented into the 21st century?

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