The importance of social media


An internal reflection: why do I seem to care about social media so much?

Social media, in so far as it creates an environment in which decentralised and dispersed communication networks can function, is one of the key architectures that allow for many-to-many communication; and to the extent that these networked organisation forms mirror the kind of organisation anarchism is concerned with, social media can be explored as providing potential sites for anarchist politics.

Anarchist Cybernetics

Arab spring. Twitter and Tear Gas.

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  • 2021-07-11
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      Memory/​narrative. Given the importance of strategy and grand strategy in anarchist cybernetics, functionality in an alternative digital platform to support long-​term planning, for example through facilitating a narrative-​ or memory-​focused layer to communication and organising, would be essential. This would entail a shift away from the short-​term stream-​centred approach of mainstream social media, where users experience content as isolated posts with little relation to what has come before them or what will follow them.

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