Technology and Resistance: Digital Communications and New Coalitions around the World

Technology and Resistance: Digital Communications and New Coalitions around the World

Technology and Resistance: Digital Communications and New Coalitions around the World

Technology and Resistance: Digital Communications and New Coalitions around the World

Synopsis

"What happens when the means of communication, often centralized, become diffused? What happens when coalitions in South Africa, Malawi, China, Russia, Turkey, Burma, El Salvador, and the United States utilize electronic technologies to seek enfranchisement? This book describes such creative uses by emergent democratic movements and other cultural alliances seeking solidarity in these countries. It investigates the way the strange confluence of technological language and radical social change opens new discursive terrain. Unusual fissures and interstices appear; some auger well for the distribution of political power and the promotion of free speech, while unfortunately some open gaps within old hierarchies implicit in capitalistic discourses of technology." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

As rebellions broke out across Indonesia this month, protesters did not have tanks or guns. But they had a powerful tool that wasn't available during the country's previous uprisings: the Internet. . . . Bypassing the government-controlled television and radio stations, the dissidents shared information about protests by e-mail, inundated news groups with stories of President Suharto's corruption, and used chat groups to exchange tips about resisting troops. In a country made up of thousands of islands, where phone calls are expensive, the electronic messages reached key organizers.

Boston Globe, 23 May 1998

This book is a political project providing a platform for voices and narratives of heretofore powerless resisters who use decentralized technologies to advance their democratic causes. We support them in their efforts to capture some of the flow of information within their various countries. This is not a book about the politics of nongovernmental organizations, nor about the current tension between nation and state. It is the first step in a political undertaking that offers description of dissident activity, rhetoric, and the use of technology.

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