[NetBehaviour] [P2P-F] Win a copy of “OccupyMedia! The Occupy Movement and Social Media in Crisis Capitalism”

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Sat Sep 20 20:37:39 CEST 2014


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On 20/09/14 07:52 AM, marc garrett wrote:
> [P2P-F] Win a copy of “OccupyMedia! The Occupy Movement and Social
> Media in Crisis Capitalism”

I'm reading this at the moment, so it's already out. :-) I'm really
enjoying it so far. It's written in a slightly portentious but very
clear style, with an academic eye for detail and citation and a
populist eye for clarity and relevance.

What I like about the book so far is that in addition to a clear
explanation of the theory it's applying, it is based on sociological
research rather than ex cathedra pontification. That research is
Internet-based, but as the book argues so is the phenomenon it's studying.

Well worth winning a copy of. :-)

> The book discusses the contradiction between commercial and
> alternative social media and argues that the existence of a 
> surveillance-industrial complex expressed in the PRISM system shows
> the urgent necessity to create social media beyond Facebook and
> Google.

The urgent necessity is to use the tools we have. Unlike the year zero
nonsense of "The People's Platform", "OccupyMedia!" has the example of
its research to show which tools people are using (and that more of us
can use).

SHAMELESS PLUG: GNU social is gaining more servers all the time -
http://gnu.io/social/try/ .

In related news, with the third anniversary of Occupy there's been a
spate of Occupy articles, trying to make the case for the movement's
legacy (or not).

http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/occupy-movement-takes-student-debt

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/17/occupy-wall-street-3-years-old_n_5838466.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/occupy-wall-street-failure-ows-2014-marks-survival-brand-blurred-purpose-1690198

https://today.yougov.com/news/2014/09/18/occupy-wall-street/

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