Activism/Social Media

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Activism and social media is a really interesting topic.

Check out this book. Cyberactivism: Online Activism in Theory and Practice

By Martha McCaughey,

It explains:

  • The internet serves as an alternative news source
  • It creates distribution networks
  • Can be later used for organization and distribution purposes

We know

  • Activist groups get repressed.

Also, the above first screenshot explains what triggers on-line activism and it’s uses.

It says on-line advocacy revolves around organizing and mobilizing a movement to carry out an action, can be strictly or loosely defined. It is a time and cost efficient communication channel.

Lobbying is a traditional form of activism. There are different types.

On-line can then be used for off-line activism. This probably the most useful.

Or on-line as in email government representatives. Websites and discussion forums are useful. Setting up an email list.

The most successful on line campaigns have different types of lobbying and mobilization.

Spamming that can disrupt servers.

Hacktivism is another form.

The cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) are a famous group of hackers. See the attached second screenshot. Their actions are targeted against authorities censoring or controlling the internet.

Activism, privacy, citizen journalism and journalism is under threat with ever emerging surveillance. Here is a great article on the use of novels in portraying our digital panopticon and the surveillance system we now find ourselves in. Find at

We contribute our information freely up to the likes of Facebook and Google, at a price. It says,

“We give our data to Google and Facebook freely, in exchange for ever-better information; the hidden cost is that we become complicit in our own surveillance”.

Social media is very useful and provides a window on the world, but it carries a price too.

Here are some more interesting links.

Abby Martin, a wide-ranging discussion about the state of the free press and political culture in the US.

Edward Snowden : “The Biggest Revelations Are Yet To Come”

From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much – Thomas Drake on RAI (1/5)

I feel there is a Stamping down by authority even more so lately.

How do we fight back against cronyism, corruption and corporate statism?

 Possible solutions.


Civil disobedience

Resistance ( eg, economic withdrawal, stop consuming, buying, paying taxes etc)

On line resistance can be seen by corporate media and government as security threats, framing it as criminal activity so they can maintain their hegemonic grip on dissent.

Here is another interesting link on cultures of resistance, called

Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance Since the Sixties

By George McKay

The media theorist Chomsky, talks about how government/ PR spin drives the population to irrational consumption, which separates them from one another’.

Maybe we can see through it and struggle against it.

Read at:

Chomsky also says in this article, and this is really interesting to think about;

“If you care about other people, that’s now a very dangerous idea. If you care about other people, you might try to organize to undermine power and authority. That’s not going to happen if you care only about yourself.

Then, ‘trying to stimulate consumerism is an effort to undermine it’.

That is really something to think about.

So much is happening now in Ireland and across the world as regards learning, sharing information, on-line activism, protests, mass discontent, austerity and class warfare. Some people are angry, some fed-up, some want to express, some cant (also job considerations – may lose job if too radical). There is a mighty complex web out there!

Look at this really interesting article which sums up very well the current fiasco that is Irish Water. It is heartening to see the great articles, songs and satire that picks fun at the authorities. After all, politicians have become more corporate puppets, they have forgot they are only our representatives.

·      Civil disobedience is on the rise and making a difference.

·      Cronyism is being exposed

These are really interesting looks on surveillance from current great thinkers.

Chris Hedges on Snowden.

Robert Scheer; They Know Everything About You (Truthdig)

It say’s;

Book Cover They Know Everything About You is a groundbreaking exposé of how government agencies and tech corporations monitor virtually every aspect of our lives, and a fierce defense of privacy and democracy.

The revelation that the government has access to a vast trove of personal online data demonstrates that we already live in a surveillance society. But the erosion of privacy rights extends far beyond big government. Intelligence agencies such as the NSA and CIA are using Silicon Valley corporate partners as their data spies. Seemingly progressive tech companies are joining forces with snooping government agencies to create a brave new world of wired tyranny.‘Questioning political rationale, religious reasoning, and the government itself are now seen as radically unstable and immoral notions. I don’t believe this is the way it should be. How can we burst the bubble of stagnation and ignorance? If we can answer this question and apply it, we can change the world’. This is a great citizen journalist site.

Check my blog on activism on this site under category ‘Culture and Society’. There is some interesting links there too.


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