Title of the presentation:
Collective Action and the Social Web: A critical investigation
Short abstract of the presentation:
The increasing popularity of internet tools that allow the collaborative creation of content, its sharing with other users, as well as self-publishing and social networking has rekindled debates around the potential of the internet for activism and political participation. This lecture aims to offer a critical investigation of the democratic potential of the social web and its capacities for activism. It will highlight the theoretical arguments around the term web 2.0, provide examples of how the social web has been used in political campaigns, and outline some of its limitations.