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<nettime> social media & political activism redux
allan siegel on Sun, 2 Nov 2014 20:56:49 +0100 (CET)


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<nettime> social media & political activism redux


Hello Mike
I think you are missing the point; or, rather have little sense of the context within which these demonstrations are taking place. Your comment sounds oddly Luddite and with a twinge of universalising generalities that do not help in understanding the particularities of the Budapest events nor those in other cities; iPhones or Samsung Notes or LGs or computers in Budapest in Hong Kong or Tunisia may be all similar but they way they are used is necessarily different despite neoliberal or state corporate objectives.Â

allan


> A problem with all of this is that the ???hand???s off the Internet??? position is at the  
> very core of a neo-liberal take down of the social contract. The Internet erodes local  
> tax bases, shifts wealth from the poor to the rich, from poor countries to rich ones; and  
> the rallying cry for oppositional elements is ???hand???s off????
 <...>


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