Democracy

Activists use a variety of digital technologies to try to change the world. Different social movements have, for instance, used live streaming technologies to promote transparency and to demonstrate how they distinguish themselves from (according to them) corrupt governments. Dr. Emiliano Treré from Cardiff University discusses his perspective on studying digital activism. 

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Metapolitics 2.0

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Metapolitics started from the idea of ‘the primacy of culture over politics as the premise to a revolution in the spirit of ‘right-wing Gramscism’.  In this Diggit file, we collect all the diggit contributions on metapolitics and digital cultures.

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QAnon: The political capital of a conspiracy theory

Article
Lora Ditchev
10/05/2021
16 minutes to read

This article examines how QAnon became an umbrella for a variety of far-right conspiracy theories, and in unifying these ideas produced real political turmoil. 

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The Capitol Riots: Democracy, Post-truth and Fiction

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Odile Heynders
04/05/2021
7 minutes to read

In light of the Capitol riots, Odile Heynders claims that we have to reflect on fiction and its development in time, in order to understand how the concept is used and functions in today’s society. 

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Capitol riots, echo chambers and democracy

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Lauren Zentz
18/01/2021
5 minutes to read

The problem of corporate media is not their creation of echo chambers; it is that media organizations have allowed people whose views run against democracy to gain such a large following that their lies are now seen by many as fact.

Before Parler was removed from Google and Apple's appstores and deleted from the Amazon servers, Parler users discussed the apparent 'cancellation' of their plaform. An analysis of their responses reveals a complex fusion of very distinct values and beliefs that can be linked to, inter alia, the Manosphere, alt-right movements and a whole range of conspiracy theories.

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Jan Blommaert's struggle

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Jenny-Louise Van Der Aa
11/01/2021
2 minutes to read

Jan Blommaert has recently passed away. Jenny Van der Aa reflects on his political and democratic engagement as one of his former close collaborators at Tilburg and Ghent University.

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Instagram slideshows: making the political 'aesthetic'

Article
Jessaline Tanjung
01/06/2021
14 minutes to read

This article explores how Instagram slide shows rose to prominence during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, and what this means for the future of online activism.