The politics of #shutdown: from capitalism to popular protest
4 minutes to read
In this column Ana Deumert looks at the meaning and practice of shutdown. Originally used in the context of capitalist expansion and workforce disciplining, it has been adopted as a grassroots tool of rebellion against the status quo.
The end of Academia.edu: how business takes over, again
3 minutes to read
Academia.edu used to be a refreshing and very useful platform for academics and students all over the world. That has ended with academia.edu introducing the ‘paid search’, says Ico Maly (Tilburg University).
Why activists should be aware that social media are not the public sphere
5 minutes to read
This column aims to discuss the current context of social media use, activism and how it is connected to the public sphere itself. It shows that there are many questions that should be raised in the context of post-truth democracy.