Hopefully some academic(s) will write papers or books about how the Venezuelan governing party has made effective and sophisticated use of social media, in a way that is probably quite distinctive outside of the U.S. Besides Chávez’s blog, and very active Twitter account (which he uses to rally supporters in Twitter, and for exchanging public tweets with other Latin American presidents), the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has its own website, and another equally active Twitter account, as well as that of its youth wing in Twitter. This is where it gets interesting. In addition to mass producing blogs for each of its many electoral candidates (such as this one, to take one example from dozens listed on the front of the PSUV main website), it has stacked Twitter with accounts for dozens of operatives, many of them relatively anonymous yet in party uniform, such as DeltaAmacuroC1 and DeltaAmacuroC2, producing a greater force of numbers and message amplifiers. In addition, there are allied sites and accounts, such as the website of the Frente Francisco de Miranda, and its Twitter account. Merely documenting how all of these relate and correspond with one another, online and in public view, would be quite a task in itself, looking at which messages and at what time, around which issue, are forcefully moved to higher visibility through followers’ retweets for example.
Writings and course materials from Dr. Maximilian C. Forte, anthropologist at Concordia University, on politics, power, and advocacy using Web media. The actors in focus here are individuals, civil society organizations, political parties, and governments. The range of topics includes resistance, organization, influence on/by mainstream media, soft power, strategic communications, misinformation, information warfare, centered around issues of democracy, equality, social justice and liberation.
- Wikileaks: The Iraq War Logs
- Debates in Digital Activism: Update
- Round Up of Wikileaks News: 01-21 October 2010
- Chávez and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela in Twitter
- Taleban Don’t Twitter
- Wikileaks News Updates
- Breaking the Internet in the Name of Freedom? Internet Censorship and Domestic Spying in the U.S.
- Digital Activism versus Traditional Activism
- Free Blogger Ali Abdulemam
- Recent Resources on the Haystack Fiasco and Internet Freedom
- The Anthropology of Hackers
- Articles on Wikileaks
- Interviewed Today on Al Jazeera: Social Media, Soft Power, and American Empire
- Notes on Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Chs. 8, 9, 10, 11, and Epilogue
- Notes on Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Chs. 5, 6, and 7
- Notes on Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Chs. 3 and 4
- Notes on Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Chs. 1 and 2
- Building Your Research Paper on Cyber-Activism
- Online Activism Around the World, CFP2009
- Social media and the myth of techno-utopia
- Authoritarian Regimes Coopting the Internet
- Is “Virtual” Activism Not “Real” Activism?
- This Failed Revolution, Powered by Twitter: Revisiting the Recurring Themes of the Moldova Twitter Revolution, and Raising Some New Doubts
- Clay Shirky: 15 Points on the Web Revolution in Social Collaboration and Political Communication
- The Internet and Iranian Activism: Morozov v. Shirky
- Some Useful Concepts Relevant to Digital Activism
- Welcome to “Political Activism and the Internet”
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