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Assemblages of Resistance - Platform Politics conference paper submission

Assemblages of Resistance - Platform Politics conference paper submission

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Published by Simon Collister
Joint paper submission to the Platform Politics conference, Cambridge, 11-13 May, 2011.

We argue that we need to reconceptualise networked political activism through Delueze and De Landa's ontology of assemblage theory.

Doing this will allow us to recognise the complex landscape of digitally-enabled politics and activism and productive more radical readings.

We seek to demonstrate this new approach using recent events in Egypt.

Crucially, we conclude by seeking to develop a framework for ongoing digital activism by synthesising assemblage theory with recent on abstract hacktivism.

Submission made with Dan McQuillan - @danmcquillan
Joint paper submission to the Platform Politics conference, Cambridge, 11-13 May, 2011.

We argue that we need to reconceptualise networked political activism through Delueze and De Landa's ontology of assemblage theory.

Doing this will allow us to recognise the complex landscape of digitally-enabled politics and activism and productive more radical readings.

We seek to demonstrate this new approach using recent events in Egypt.

Crucially, we conclude by seeking to develop a framework for ongoing digital activism by synthesising assemblage theory with recent on abstract hacktivism.

Submission made with Dan McQuillan - @danmcquillan

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Published by: Simon Collister on Apr 25, 2011
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Platform Politics: paper submission | 14
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February 2011
 
Simon Collister
Department of Politics & International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, TW20 0EXsimon.collister@gmail.com
Dan McQuillan
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London; London SE146NW; UK.d.mcquillan@gold.ac.uk 
'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 thishybridity 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 Stanyers work we will seek to establish a deepertheoretical understanding of this hybridization by drawing on Manuel DeLandasrecent 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.

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