to conclude that further investigation along the trajectory would be fruitless.Furthermore, we discovered an anarcho-Lolcat which gave us hope that somebody,somewhere, was interested in the field! (see
Figure 1 – Anarcho-Lolcat (image taken fromhttps://twitter.com/d150b3y/status/254303835768635392Social Technology and Struggle
The starting point for our investigation then is the seemingly powerful and ubiquitousadoption and
of technologies, in particular the recent developments in
, as tools within political resistance and social struggles. By way of ashort detour into terms and definitions ‘social technology’ in considered ‘social’ inboth senses: 1) as technology which connects users primarily according to socialrelations and facilitates dialogic, asynchronous communication and 2) any technologythat can be appropriated for social purposes – that is purposes intended to build andfoster associations between individuals or collective groups, predominantly outside of commercial relations
. Crucially, this definition can include, for example, Facebookas a specific technology platform enabling peer-to-peer dialogue as well as moretraditional technologies, such as fax machines or landline telephones when applied inthe relevant context. Such technologies and social practices and contexts have been
Although, as this paper develops I will argue that within contemporary society it is impossible toacknowledge hierarchical strata between reductive concepts such as capital, social, etc.