POLS 251 Lecture Notes - Neoliberalism, Romanticism

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Published on 13 Apr 2013
School
U of S
Department
Political Studies
Course
POLS 251
Professor
Pols 251
March 20
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Network Identity: what is it? What allows ti to be created?
- an identity that is recognized through a network, suchs as the internet or an
enterprise
Not just any network?
It is essential to appreciate the kind of network from which this identity has
spawned (or been manufactured).
These networks are physical but also virtual, interactive and, as a result, have
the potential to be very dynamic.
Webbased forms of alliance building are new forms of communications
1. real time information, scrutiny
2. verification
3. counter-posting
the use of Zapatista's digital communication has placed them part from social
movement of the past: accelerating and extending communications and
undercutting the power of traditional media
more so in earlier stages
the networks (traditional) use social movements a well now
These wired sub-cultures encourage members to redefine and represent
themselves, stimulating participants to experiment with identiy construction
(Russel 561)
network identities, like network cause such as anti-globaization, are diverse,
evolving, and decentralized. (Russel 561)
Castells:
-decentered identities develop in respone to power, to the loss of control people
feel in the world increasingly shaped by transnational corporations, organizations
and institutions.
The new media provides space that can be described as “decentered, free
floating, and anarachic”
three myths have “been employed to introduce organization into that space, to
provide social and political cohesion to the movement network”
there is a familiarity; something recognizable
there is a plan
The Prototype
“In the case of the Zapatistas the myths are archetypal, simple in their outline,
easily taken up and translated” (Russell, 575).
Myth One: Universal Marcos
An outsider
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An identity that is recognized through a network, suchs as the internet or an enterprise. It is essential to appreciate the kind of network from which this identity has spawned (or been manufactured). These networks are physical but also virtual, interactive and, as a result, have the potential to be very dynamic. More so in earlier stages the networks (traditional) use social movements a well now. These wired sub-cultures encourage members to redefine and represent themselves, stimulating participants to experiment with identiy construction (russel 561) network identities, like network cause such as anti-globaization, are diverse, evolving, and decentralized. (russel 561) Decentered identities develop in respone to power, to the loss of control people feel in the world increasingly shaped by transnational corporations, organizations and institutions. In the case of the zapatistas the myths are archetypal, simple in their outline, easily taken up and translated (russell, 575). Romanticized image of an imaginary better bygone era .

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