This paper discusses how the internet as a form of new media facilitates social movements. The nature of the public sphere and the structure and formation of society needs to be considered to understand how the internet will be useful, or how the internet changes social structures. Different theories of how information and media affect social and political decision making are also discussed.
The revolutionary nature of the internet has changed information flow and control, and there are several real-world instances which can be used as an example. The discussion enabled several criteria to be derived which will be helpful in evaluating these examples. The Battle for Seattle, Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement are evaluated using its use of communication, democratic-ness of the movement and the nature of the community.
The findings indicated that some of the basic assumptions about the Arab Spring and OWS may be incorrect. The OWS movement was found to be more similar to the Battle in Seattle rather than Arab Spring as claimed. Furthermore Arab Spring may be a mis-nomer as it should not be considered a singular phenomenon. It is a collection of multiple phenomena where each country had its own revolution.
- Communicating Technology (RSS)
- Considering the Collection and Open Access (RSS)
- Distributed Families (RSS)
- Local Knowledge and Global Technologies (RSS)
- Practicing Art, Practicing Technology (RSS)
- Resilient Technologies (RSS)
- Storytelling (RSS)
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