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Title: @hannah_arendt: An Arendtian critique of online social networks
Authors: Schwarz, Elke
First Published: 1-Sep-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Millennium, 2014, 43 (1), pp. 165-186
Abstract: New technologies in communications and networking have shaped the way political movements can be mobilised and coordinated in important ways. Recent uprisings have shown dramatically how a people can communicate its cause effectively beyond borders, through online social networking channels and mobile phone technologies. Hannah Arendt, as an eminent scholar of power and politics in the modern era, offers a relevant lens with which to theoretically examine the implications and uses of online social networks and their impact on politics as praxis. This article creates an account of how Arendt might have evaluated virtual social networks in the context of their potency to create power, spaces and possibilities for political action. With an Arendtian lens the article examines whether these virtual means of ‘shared appearances’ facilitate or frustrate efforts in the formation of political power and the creation of new beginnings. Based on a contemporary reading of her writings, the article concludes that Arendt’s own assessment of online social networks, as spheres for political action, would likely have been very critical.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0305829814541505
ISSN: 0305-8298
eISSN: 1477-9021
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, the author. The file associated with this record is distributed under the Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence, further details of which can be found via the following link:
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