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Chapter 17: Radical Internet Use
This chapter addresses the potential of radical Internet communication for social change. Key to the realization of this radical potential is the formation of new spheres of communicative action by peoples' movements, by which we mean, “autonomous, democratic civil society as it expresses itself in organization independent of the state and its formal corporate structures” (Esteva & Prakash, 1998, p. 11). Such communicative action is illustrated in some detail by analyzing two models of Internet activism, the San Francisco-based Institute for Global Communications and the on-line presence of the Zapatista movement of Chiapas, Mexico.
First, however, we will note certain economic, political, and legislative trends that threaten to convert the Internet into yet another commercial medium, stripped of ...