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@hannah_arendt: An Arendtian critique of online social networks

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posted on 11.04.2016, 11:31 by Elke Schwarz
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.

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Citation

Millennium, 2014, 43 (1), pp. 165-186

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Politics and International Relations

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Millennium

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

issn

0305-8298

eissn

1477-9021

Copyright date

2014

Available date

11/04/2016

Publisher version

http://mil.sagepub.com/content/43/1/165

Language

en