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New Media & Society
This article examines how online political groups are co-opting internet technology from commercial interests to amplify various cooperative processes. After formulating a framework for praxis-based democratic theories of technology, I select four internet-based groups as institutional exemplars for analysis: Democratic Underground, Free Republic, Indymedia, and Move On.These groups implement distinct types of democratic applications of internet technology and embody specific strands of democratic theory. I conclude by commenting on the direction of internet-based democratic practices, their political efficacy in terms of strategy and tactics, and how they figure within US political culture.
cyber activism, democratic theory, indymedia, internet activism, online political action, technology studies
Pickard, V. (2008). Cooptation and Cooperation: Institutional Exemplars of Democratic Internet Technology. New Media & Society, 10 (4), 625-645. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444808093734
Date Posted: 23 May 2016
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