is the internet progressive?
Over at the New Republic, Evgeny Morozov reviews Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age by Steven Johnson. The question is whether the Internet has a progressive effect or not. A few quick notes:
- The decentralized Internet seems to be a historical contingency. The Chinese Internet shows that it can be set up in ways that facilitate top down control.
- Movements often exploit new communication technologies (think mimeo’s in the 60s, fax in the 80s, or twitter in 2011) but eventually the Man will catch up.
- Except for some very specialized activism (e.g., Wikileaks), the Internet has not changed the overall structure of “brick and mortar” activism: use some social ties, make some orgs, do some protest, lobby some people.
What is the case for Internet as progressive force?
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