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

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Veronica Barassi

University of London, GB
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Doctoranda en los departamentos de Antropología y Medios de Comunicación en el Goldsmith College de la Universidad de Londres

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Abstract

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. 
DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i11.87
How to Cite: Barassi, V., (2009). Mediating Political Action: Internet related Beliefs and Frustrations amongst International Solidarity Campaigns in Britain. Digithum. (11). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i11.87
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Published on 26 Juny 2009.
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