Sunday, 26 June 2011

‘Cyber-Utopianism’ And The Impact On Protest Movements

Another fascinating animation from the Royal Society for the Arts [definitely worth watching in Full Screen - click on the button at the botom right of the video].

This time it illustrates an RSA talk by Evgeny Morozov, a Belarus-born journalist who is critical of overstating the impact of the internet and other technologies in bringing about social or political change. He argues that at times, the internet can instead aid dictatorships and the spread of right-wing or nationalist ideas. I can't say I entirely agree but it's an interesting argument, one that also has some validity when considering the activities of the 'hasbarats' in disseminating pro-Israel propaganda.

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