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Re: <nettime> social media & political activism redux
d.garcia on Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:43:06 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> social media & political activism redux

Maybe one aspect of the -Law of the Meme- (take for example the 1% meme) is that meme's sometimes persist far longer that instances of mass mobilisation. 
Memes that spring from even brief crystalisations of underlying social movements can be one of the ways in which important shifts in values are propelled 
into the wider world.  
Andy Haldane the highly influential Chief Economist of the Bank of England is on record as acknowledging the importance of the Occupy movement 
in focusing public attention on the malign influence of the financial sector and of extremes of inequality. 


On 1 Nov 2014, at 13:34, Geert Lovink wrote:

> Thanks a lot, Allan, this is interesting. The question imho is not how
> social media relate to the inadequate responses of political parties
> but if they will generate sustainable 'new institutional forms' over
> time. What if the current social media only produce one-off events?


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