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

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Chapter One
Technology in Old Democratic Discourses and Current Resistance Narratives: What Is Borrowed? What Is Abandoned? What Is New?

Ann De Vaney

Since this book is the start of a political project to uncover stories of resisters using decentralized technology, I will explore the space of their narratives. These chapters, by their very rhetoric, investigate the relationship between certain forms of technology and emergent or resistive democratic movements. The appropriation of communication technologies by citizens in these movements with little prior political power will most likely result in new discursive formations within accounts of their practices. In such cases seemingly disparate technological and democratic discourses might blend in the new discursive space. Certainly new subjectivities will emerge in rhetoric used to express old democratic concepts.

Since one can only know about these revolutionary or rebellious events through written or oral accounts, a listener's understandings are mediated by language. Questions about discursive formations around these new sites of power are central to comprehension. To make sense, therefore, of new discursive spaces created

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