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By Veronica Barassi
With fast adjustments in internet applied sciences and the restructuring of the web political economic system, probably the most priorities of our instances is the research of how during which humans negotiate, criticise and withstand net advancements. This publication attracts on comparative ethnographic learn among 3 very diverse political teams within the united kingdom, Italy and Spain, exploring how activists think, comprehend and event internet applied sciences as instruments of political critique.
Combining key social theories (Critical Marxism, Actor-Network concept, fabric tradition conception etc.), with ethnographic observations, the publication strongly criticises political monetary and techno-deterministic techniques. It argues that during figuring out how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic techniques, we must always now not concentrate on disruption and novelty, yet we must always as an alternative discover the advanced dialectics among transformation and continuity; among the technical and the social; among the political economic climate of the internet and its lived critique.
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K: How do I define political solidarity? What, specifically about the political solidarity that CSC does? V: yes … K: Well … It is about giving a voice to Cuba in Britain, although it isn’t the voice of Cuba, because we are not the Cuban Embassy and we don’t say what the Cuban Embassy says. But we put Cuba in context in Britain to try to explain what is good about Cuba, what its achievements are. […] When Cuba gets mentioned in the media it is always misrepresented, and our aim is to counter that misrepresentation of Cuba.
The Trade Union Congress House is located on Great Russell Street in Central London. It was constructed in 1958 as a memorial to the sacrifices made by trade unionists in the two World Wars, and since then has been the headquarters of the TUC. With its 1960s’ architecture and the sculpture by Jacob Epstein in the courtyard, Congress House has been one of the overlapping spaces of my multi-sited ethnographic research (Marcus, 1998). As often occurs in familiar spaces, that morning I knew where to go.
The game of mirrors between Cuba and Britain is sustained by the shared idea among members and organizers that Cuba represents an example, an alternative reality, which helps to highlight the contradictions of the political system in Britain, and possibly transform it. By placing the policies of the Cuban and the British governments in antithesis, the aim of the campaign is to argue for the importance of putting The Ethnography of Digital Activism 25 social welfare first. Their intention is not to propose that Britain should undergo a socialist revolution, but to argue that state intervention – and a limitation to corporate power – can lead to important civic transformations.
Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital Capitalism by Veronica Barassi