Posts Tagged ‘demonstrations’

Digital ‘End of History’? Hmmm….not yet

March 30, 2011

The Middle East uprisings have triggered an enthusiastic rhetoric regarding a strong correlation between ‘Democratisation’ and the ‘Social Media’. Morozov seems to disagree.

Authoritarian states around the world will now develop new strategies to tame the web

This is the main subject of his recently published book The Net Delusion: How not to Liberate the World.

I agree. Fighting for democracy is not triggered, it is just facilitated by the new media. The twitter becomes more the tool rather than the reason. But I also come to understand Clay Shirky’s position as expressed in the Foreign Affairs last month: the social media synchronise the behaviour of groups and therefore alter the dynamics of the public sphere.

I am sure that more case studies -after Iran, Tynisia, Egypt – will be available for further exploration pretty soon…

Anarchism vs.Vandalism

March 29, 2011

I was in the West End Saturday night. I was scared, I felt insecure, lovely London’s centre was totally chaotic. Police, ambulances, demonstrators, music, noise, smashed windows, empty shops, sad banks…and the helicopter in the sky reminded of an ongoing action….the danger was still somewhere…

I read the news, I read the comments and reports and what attracted my attention was the interchangeable use of the terms ‘Anarchism’ and ‘Vandalism’. I agree, of course, that the quest of Alternatives is not reflected upon all the hostile actions that took place on Saturday but I am wondering: Since when has ‘Anarchism’ become a synonym for ‘Vandalism’?