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Mediating Political Action: Internet related Beliefs and Frustrations amongst International Solidarity Campaigns in Britain

Barassi, Veronica. 2009. Mediating Political Action: Internet related Beliefs and Frustrations amongst International Solidarity Campaigns in Britain. Digithum: Humanities in the Digital Era, 11, pp. 20-25. ISSN 1575-2275 [Article]

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The terrain of media activism today has become an internet connected one; one that is primarily constructed through online networks or platforms; one that is gradually transforming the way in which political action is imagined, experienced and organised. The following article explores the effects of internet related beliefs and frustrations on contemporary forms of political action. Drawing from the ethnographic context of international solidarity campaigns and the trade unions in Britain, the paper argues that activists’ relationship to internet technologies is a complex one, which is embedded in a double tension of empowerment and frustration. It is by ethnographically exploring this tension, the paper contends, that scholars can gain important insights on the ongoing social conflicts and negotiations created by the techno-historical transformations of the last fifteen years.

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Article

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
2009Published

Item ID:

13958

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2015 15:27

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 13:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/13958

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