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Digital RebellionThe Birth of the Cyber Left$
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Todd Wolfson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038846

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038846.001.0001

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Strategy: Communications and the Switchboard of Struggle

Strategy: Communications and the Switchboard of Struggle

(p.156) 6 Strategy: Communications and the Switchboard of Struggle
Digital Rebellion
Todd Wolfson
University of Illinois Press

This chapter documents how indymedia uses communications to help congeal otherwise isolated and dispersed points of insurgency, conducting stories of shared struggle across space at multiple scales, from the hyper-local (within cities and neighborhoods) to the regional, national, and global. Specifically, it looks at how indymedia links movements and people in three distinct ways: (1) across local spaces, linking different communities together to build a stronger localized movement; (2) across geographic spaces, on a particular theme such as labor or immigrant rights; and (3) across space and theme, in an attempt to forge a global social movement. It also shows the shortcomings of this new strategy and political mode of action, which eschews leadership and therefore cannot build long-term political power. The chapter first considers the way the network operated as a connective tissue in the case of farmers in South Central Los Angeles to offer a rubric for this strategy of action. It then looks at different ways that this connective strategy operates at the local, national, and global levels, on- and offline.

Keywords:   indymedia movement, communications, insurgency, social movements, political action, connective strategy

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