Internet

The Fourth and Fifth Waves

Is today's "fourth wave" feminist movement really a "fifth wave"? We can't understand the inclusiveness, confidence, and playful spirit of today's protest movement without appreciating the wave of community-building that took place in girls' internet fan culture starting around 2000. 

What is Free in Free Speech?

So Twitter can hide some tweets, and does, and will continue to do so, now with a toothpick precision to tailor its approach according to the law of the land (or landline) where the 140 character chirp has been posted. And everyone is up in arms and ready to boycott the addictive site for… a day.

Occupy Wall Street and a Polyphonic General Strike

It has been quite some time after Georges Sorel has proposed the idea of General Strike.More than a hundred years has passed since then, but looking at the contemporary anti-capitalist movement, this concept comes to mind more often. This syndicalist statement has become more relevant in postindustrial and postmodern times.

Is the Internet Literary?

The world is text. Mallarmé and Flaubert described this possibility at the end of the nineteenth century and Derrida proclaimed it again more recently. But now we can say that the world is literature. It is turning literary through the Internet.