Platform Politics: paper submission | 14
Department of Politics & International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, TW20 0EXsimon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London; London SE146NW; UK.email@example.com
'What are the particular forms of platform politics and how can we theorize such forms and practices?'
Platforms as assemblages of resistance: a case study of hybridised mediaactivism during the Egpytian uprising Abstract
Chadwick (2007) and Chadwick and Stanyer (2010) have identified and startedto plot a series of shifts in media and political activist repertoires (Tilly, 1995)characterised by a complex intermingling of platforms. They argue that thishybridity is directly driven by the emergence, rapid growth and adoption of Internet-based, social networked technologies and tools in parallel with acontingent change in the patterns of behaviour and normative political values byweb-enabled citizens.We contend that this hybridity offers a powerfully constructive way of analysingpolitical activism and mobilization in an era of Platform Politics.This approach challenges the assertion that the rise of proprietary, primarilycommercial platforms as primary interfaces of the Internet will restrict politicalexpression and activism by proposing a new form of heterogenous platformpolitics that expresses itself through a complex hybridisation of commercialplatforms, open platforms and other digital and analogue and on and offlinespaces.Building on Chadwick and Stanyers work we will seek to establish a deepertheoretical understanding of this hybridization by drawing on Manuel DeLandasrecent work on assemblage theory.DeLanda (2006) articulates a social ontology that facilitates an interpretativeframework based on the identification and analysis of multi-variant material-semiotic assemblages.