By Todd Wolfson
Digital Rebellion examines the impression of latest media and verbal exchange applied sciences at the spatial, strategic, and organizational cloth of social movements.
Todd Wolfson finds how features of the mid-1990s Zapatistas movement—network organizational constitution, participatory democratic governance, and using conversation instruments as a binding agent—became crucial elements of Indymedia and different Cyber Left corporations. From there he makes use of oral interviews and different wealthy ethnographic information to chart the media-based imagine tanks and experiments that persisted the Cyber Left’s evolution throughout the autonomous Media Center’s beginning round the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle.
Melding digital and conventional ethnographic perform to discover the Cyber Left’s cultural common sense, Wolfson maps the social, spatial and communicative constitution of the Indymedia community and information its operations at the neighborhood, nationwide and worldwide point. He seems on the participatory democracy that governs worldwide social activities and the methods democracy and decentralization have come into rigidity, and the way “the switchboard of struggle” conducts tales from the hyper-local and disperses them world wide. As he indicates, knowing the intersection of Indymedia and the worldwide Social Justice flow illuminates their foundational position within the Occupy fight and different emergent hobbies that experience re-energized radical politics.
Listen to Wolfson speak about Digital Rebellion at the KPFA (Berkeley, CA) exhibit Against the Grain
“The first publication to chart the highbrow and technological historical past of the Indymedia community and to put that heritage in the theoretical debate approximately social stream association and politics. this can be an incredible bankruptcy in modern social move activism and Todd Wolfson does a superb task charting the increase of the self sustaining Media middle and the theoretical implications of this version for left political organizing.” —Andy Opel, co-author of Preempting Dissent: The Politics of an Inevitable Future
“Combining the fervour of an activist and the reasoned arguments of a student, Wolfson splendidly information the emergence of the Cyber Left. In Digital Rebellion he not just celebrates its political power but additionally, and extra importantly, offers a lucid critique of the types it has taken hence far.” —Michael Hardt, co-author of Declaration and Empire
“Makes an unique contribution throughout the intensity of the empirical case stories of Cyber Left association. . . . i can't examine one other ebook that places loads of the tale of the U.S. left’s experiments with the construction of an ‘electronic textile of struggle’ inside a unmarried quantity. . . . The author’s wisdom, thoughtfulness, and political ardour is evident.” —Nick Dyer-Witheford, co-author of Games of Empire: international Capitalism and Video Games