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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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Social Movement Logics—Past, Present, and Future

Social Movement Logics—Past, Present, and Future

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(p.181) Conclusion Social Movement Logics—Past, Present, and Future
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Digital Rebellion
Author(s):
Todd Wolfson
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038846.003.0008

This concluding chapter reexamines the Cyber Left against the backdrop of informational capitalism and history. Through this lens, it discusses indymedia as a precursor to Occupy Wall Street and many of the emergent social movements that have developed since the economic crisis of 2008. It also explains how the core logic and strategy of the Cyber Left played a significant role in the inability of the Global Social Justice Movement to build long-term power. It identifies four interrelated, core problems: (1) a retreat from class and capitalism as analytic and political categories; (2) a tendency toward technological determinism; (3) an anti-institutional bias; and (4) no emphasis on political education and leadership development.

Keywords:   Cyber Left, indymedia movement, social movements, Occupy Wall Street, Global Social Justice Movement, informational capitalism

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