Digital activism and the future of worker resistance

Authored by: Lina Dencik , Peter Wilkin

The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202030
eBook ISBN: 9781315475059
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315475059-13

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Abstract

Much debate on the relationship between digital media and protest has focused on how digital technologies allow for activists to organize and mobilize in new and easier ways and at lower costs. The power of digital media is seen to lie in the spontaneous and unpredictable ways in which networks of protest and solidarity can emerge and subsequently disappear. These platforms have therefore become integral to how we understand contemporary forms of protest and resistance as activists and campaigners integrate digital media into broader practices of organizing and mobilizing. However, the main focus on digital media and protest has been on popular majoritarian uprisings and the emergence of ‘new’ protest movements in recent years, such as the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring and Gezi Park, that seem to ­introduce new dynamics and structures of protest that speak to more spontaneous, horizontal and user-driven forms of political activism that accompany the narratives of digital media platforms.

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