March 19 2013: Networks of Outrage and Hope
On Tuesday we’re reading the short opening chapter of Castells‘ Networks of Outrage and Hope (2012). Castells sees social networking technologies as a key factor enabling the protest movements that characterised 2011: the Arab Spring, Indignidas, #OWS etc:
The characteristics of communication processes between individuals engaged in the social movement determine the organizational characteristics of the social movement itself: the more interactive and self-configurable communication is, the less hierarchical is the organization and the more participatory the movement.
Christian Fuchs systematically critiqued Castells’ book in a recent article, providing pretty strong evidence to suggest that older communication technologies (like talking face-to-face) were much more important than Castells suggests. It is linked below for further reading.
As usual, we meet in the Pierre Gorman Room, 1888 Building, from 4:30pm.