Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital by Veronica Barassi

By Veronica Barassi

With quick adjustments in internet applied sciences and the restructuring of the net political economic climate, some of the priorities of our instances is the research of ways within which humans negotiate, criticise and face up to net advancements. This e-book attracts on comparative ethnographic study among 3 very various political teams within the united kingdom, Italy and Spain, exploring how activists think, comprehend and event net applied sciences as instruments of political critique.

Combining key social theories (Critical Marxism, Actor-Network thought, fabric tradition idea etc.), with ethnographic observations, the booklet strongly criticises political fiscal and techno-deterministic methods. It argues that during realizing how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic techniques, we should always now not concentrate on disruption and novelty, yet we should always in its place discover the advanced dialectics among transformation and continuity; among the technical and the social; among the political financial system of the net and its lived critique.

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This transformation can only be understood if we consider a shift in the political project of The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People (ICAP, Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos). The organization, which is funded and run by the Cuban Government, is in charge of coordinating the global solidarity movement with Cuba. In 2003, ICAP explicitly asked CSC to stop sending material aid and to focus instead on producing information on Cuba and on countering the negative representations of its government in Britain.

Have noticed, the concept can be seen as sharing many lines of similarities with earlier concepts of culture or ideology (2009:8–10). In the second place the concept has often been used in an instrumental and functionalist way, where the notion of ‘imaginary’ was seen as indicating the way in which humans make sense of the world they live in (2009:9). In the third place scholars have ascribed a ‘positive’ and ‘romantic’ purpose to the process of imagination. , therefore, one way to move beyond these problems is to focus on the “technologies of the imagination” and the way in which “imaginary effects may come about” (2009:19).

With the creation of ZAM, their goal was to establish an ‘autonomous zone’ for the construction of social realities, which escaped the neo-liberal logic. The building was owned by a private landlord and had been abandoned for a period between eight and ten years. When the Corsari together with other collectives occupied ZAM in January 2011, the building was full of weeds and rats. The two years of ‘occupation’ had radically transformed the space. The people of ZAM had invested all their resources in building a concert hall, one bar, one exhibition center, and a gym.

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