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With Ukraine in crisis, Russia and America try a new diplomatic tactic: online trolling

With Ukraine in crisis, Russia and America try a new diplomatic tactic: online trolling | Web 2.0 et société | Scoop.it
Tweets and blogs to push the message.
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Internet, politics, spinning and trolling seem inevitably connected, with the Ukraine as the latest hotspot. Interesting article with a funny comic (meme) about Cameron at the end. Excerpt.

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"Ignoring questions of taste, the drawback of using online media like this is that, in the end, you're mostly just performing for a home audience, and what little effect you have on your rival might best be described in Internet language as "trolling.""

Even worse, however, is the possibility that you wind up trolling yourself. For an example of that, look to David Cameron, the prime minister of the United Kingdom and now an Internet meme:

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Avaaz: can online campaigning reinvent politics?

Avaaz: can online campaigning reinvent politics? | Web 2.0 et société | Scoop.it
The petitioning group Avaaz is polling its 17 million members to redefine its priorities as part of a huge exercise in global democracy. But does its brand of online activism actually work?
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Excellent article on the future of politics and democracy, through an investigation on the benefits and draw backs of online petition platforms, like Avaaz. A must read, here are some excerpts.

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"But with scale comes challenges: what have the groups actually achieved? Who's really in charge – the paid staff or the diffuse member base? And now governments are starting to take digital democracy seriously – with official petition sites, open policymaking and more – what's the point in the long term?

Avaaz began its annual consultation with half a million emails sent last Thursday, imploring its members – those who have signed previous petitions, or participated in other actions – to answer an extensive poll on what should be done in 2013. The resulting ballot is perhaps one of the biggest exercises in direct democracy ever undertaken: across millions of members, 14 languages, over a hundred countries."
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""I think the clicktivism debate is just silly. I don't think anyone doubts that iTunes has changed music, or eBay has changed commerce. No one calls that clicktivism," she says. "No one calls Gandhi a 'walkavist', or Rosa Parks a 'sitavist'. The internet is really just the place where this change is happening. Think local, act local, think national, act national, think global, act global – I think that's what Avaaz provides."
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"... has a somewhat damning verdict on the effectiveness of petitions. "They are definitely the junk food of democracy – they make you feel good for the moment but they don't necessarily move things forward," he says. "Like with everything, the easier it is for people in a power position to discredit what you're doing as just the usual suspects, or just people signing a petition, then it will be discredited."

Zacharzewski supports the idea of more interventionist, participatory democracy, but advocates more subtle interventions, online and offline: gathering "juries" of citizens to discuss in detail specific issues, or opening up policy-making beyond traditional lobbies and civil servants."
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"And in all probability, says Zacharzewski, the losers will be the political parties, as people focus directly on each individual issue they support rather than signing up to the bundle of compromises that makes up a traditional party manifesto."
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""I think parties have a huge structural problem," he says. "One of my trustees says the parties are dead and not coming back. I think that's a bit strong, but I think the concept of the party as a vehicle for mass compromise is foundering on the fact that people aren't willing to put up with mass compromise any more."

 

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#Ttw14 Panel Preview: Streetview » Cyborgology

#Ttw14 Panel Preview: Streetview » Cyborgology | Web 2.0 et société | Scoop.it
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Excellent article on the geographical non-digital interferences with the digital world. A must read. Excerpts.

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@timhwang : "What is often missed in the popular discourse is that the web industry has a very real geographic dimension. Insofar as they are corporations requiring offices, employees, and investors to thrive, the popularity of web services in the past decade can be connected to concrete changes in the built landscape of cities throughout the United States. These changes, in turn, have produced important distributive consequences along socioeconomic, gender, and racial lines."

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@artphilled : "More eccentric than extreme, Instagram has the potential for subversivity, which is defined “as a disruptive attitude that tries to create openings, possibilities in the ‘closedness’ of a sysem. . .as a result, [it] more closely resembles cultural activism than political praxis” (De Cauter, ‘Notes on subversion/Theses on Activism’). My hope for this paper is to provoke a shift in the modality of Instagram (and, in future, apps like it) from photo-sharing social network to counter-cartographic device that can ‘prime’ a resistance to the traditional delineations of border and capital imposed on our social spaces."

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@mfcrawford : "In spaces that were encoded with particular affordances, Americans could perform modes of sociality that demonstrated and inculcated a particular sense of what it meant to be a post-war democratic citizen: namely, someone with flexible, near-limitless choice, but with very clearly defined standards of what the range of that “limitless choice” would be, and who would be continually adjusting to a world defined by a continuous state of fluidity."

(Since I lived and studied in Los Angeles in arghhh... 1986, this topic is interesting me on more than one level :-)

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@thejaymo : "This talk will pose the questions: Where are the nexuses of political contestation in this new landscape? Has the discourse of digital dualism been overly focussed on the individual, or is it that only now are the implications of dualism at the geopolitical level being recognised? What are the implications for politics, as nation states evaporate into the clouds, and the Stacks continue to build their own private infrastructures and extend sensing/robotic platforms into the physical world?"



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