A firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing Internet-fueled social movements' greatest strengths and frequent challenges.
To understand a thwarted Turkish coup, an anti-Wall Street encampment, and a packed Tahrir Square, we must first comprehend the power and the weaknesses of using new technologies to mobilize large numbers of people. An incisive observer, writer, and participant in today's social movements, Zeynep Tufekci explains in this accessible and compelling book the nuanced trajectories of modern protests - how they form, how they operate differently from past protests, and why they have difficulty persisting in their long-term quests for change.
Tufekci speaks from direct experience, combining on-the-ground interviews with insightful analysis. She describes how the Internet helped the Zapatista uprisings in Mexico, the necessity of remote Twitter users to organize medical supplies during Arab Spring, the refusal to use bullhorns in the Occupy Movement that started in New York, and the empowering effect of tear gas in Istanbul's Gezi Park. These details from life inside social movements complete a moving investigation of authority, technology, and culture - and offer essential insights into the future of governance.
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An in-depth look @ social media's role in protests
Sections of the book reminded me of Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible in that it helps to explain the use of information glutting as a way of obscuring the truth and muddying the waters, leading to confusion and paralysis of would be dissenters.
A reasoned account of social media from a person with undoubted experience of protests. It was refreshing to listen to the views of someone who neither attacked social media as a complete write off, nor highlighted it as the best thing since sliced bread.
- Gregory Monk