This Time it is Different: Social Media, Networked Activism and the Long Cycle of Dissent


Daniel Drache

Web 2.0 is a high-powered system of mass messaging that has transformed millions into active producers of information and ideas. Code 2.0 is the hardwired infrastructure, which runs the World Wide Web and creates the unique communications environment that puts the user in the driver’s seat with a virtual megaphone (Lessig, 1999). What is more, they have devised new ways to occupy public space and construct common goals. The enigma addressed in this chapter is what sustains these broad social movements in the post 9/11 world both theoretically and practically? Has globalization entered into a long cycle of dissent?

November 30, 2013