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Cyberactivism : Online Activism in Theory and Practice

Cyberactivism : Online Activism in Theory and Practice - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415943208

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ISBN10: 0415943205
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Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 2003
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Cyberactivism : Online Activism in Theory and Practice - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415943208

Martha McCaughey and Michael D. Ayers

ISBN13: 978-0415943208
ISBN10: 0415943205
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

The Internet played a pivotal role in some of the most memorable instances of political activism in recent years. 1999's "Battle of Seattle" saw more than 70,000 protestors come together by means of online organizing to take on the World Trade Organization. Similar ad hoc groups were assembled largely with the aid of decentralized online information sites at the April 2000 World Bank protests in Washington, D.C.; at the Republican and Democratic Convention demonstrations; at George W. Bush's inauguration; and most recently at the World Economic Forum protests in New York. Cyberactivism is a timely collection of essays examining the growing importance of online activism. The contributors show how online activists have not only incorporated recent technology as a tool for change, but also how they have changed the meaning of activism, what community means, and how they conceive of collective identity and democratic change. Topics addressed range from the Zapatista movement's use of the web to promote their cause globally to the establishment of alternative media sources like indymedia.org to the direct action of "hacktivists" who disrupt commercial computer networks. Cyberactivism is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the impact of the Internet on politics today.

Table of Contents

1. Internet Protests, from Text to Web
2. Indymedia.org:A New Communication Commons
3. Classifying Forms of Online Activism:the Case of Cyberprotests Against the World Bank
4. The Radicalization of Zek Speir: How the Internet Contributes to Civic Engagement and New Forms of Social Capital Theorizing Online Activism
5. Democracy, New Social Movements, and the Internet:A Habermasian Analysis
6. Comparing Collective Identity in Onlien and Offline Feminist Acivists
7. Mapping Networks of Support for Zapatista Movement:Applying Social Networks Analysis to Study Cotemporary Social Movements
8. Identifying with Information:Citizen Empowerment, the Internet, and the Environmental Anti-Toxins Movement
9. Wiring human-Rights Activism:Amnesty International and the Challenges of Information and Communication Technologies
10. Ethic Online Communities:Between Profit and Purpose
11. Gay Media, Inc.:Media Structures, The New Gay conglomerates, and Collective Sexual Identities
Epilogue
Current Directions and Future Questions
Subject:Philosophy; General Interest; History;
Cultural Studies

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