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Performing Digital Activism

New Aesthetics and Discourses of Resistance

By Fidèle A. Vlavo

© 2018 – Routledge

162 pages

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Description

From the emergence of digital protest as part of the Zapatista rebellion, to the use of disturbance tactics against governments and commercial institutions, there is no doubt that digital technology and networks have become the standard features of 21st century social mobilisation. Yet, little is known about the historical and socio-cultural developments that have transformed the virtual sphere into a key site of political confrontation. This book provides a critical analysis of the developments of digital direct action since the 1990s. It examines the praxis of electronic protest by focussing on the discourses and narratives provided by the activists and artists involved. The study covers the work of activist groups, including Critical Art Ensemble, Electronic Disturbance Theater and the electrohippies, as well as Anonymous, and proposes a new analytical framework centred on the performative and aesthetic features of contemporary digital activism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Digital Performance

1. 'I Come from Cyberspace': The Space of Resistance

2. 'Little Electronic Shadow': The Virtual Body

3. 'What CD was ECD is now': The Legacy of Contention

4. 'Not Found on this Server': The Performance of Protest

5. 'I Did It for the Lulz': The Humour of Disturbance

Conclusion: Tactical Performance

About the Author

Fidèle A. Vlavo is Assistant Professor in Digital Communication at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture

This series is our home for innovative research in the field of digital media. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this subject as its influence and significance grow into the twenty-first century.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM087000
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies