This lecture is introduced by Prof. Maria Hlavajova.
The movements of 2011 and after have supposedly been mobilized by social media such as Facebook and Twitter. But how much of that is true? If we want to crack the mystery of today’s social movements, we need to first of all make a distinction between organisation and mobilsation. Whereas social media do a good job in case of the last aspect, organisation remains weak. Movements these days can grow big within days but disappear in the same speed. Lately political parties such as Podemos and Syriza have been promoted to be the real political alternatives but grassroots movement dispute their reputation and stress the necessity to strenghten organisation from below. What’s got the internet with this? How is Snowden affecting the political organisation debate? In this lecture the critique of social media will discussed and in contrast the ‘organized networks’ concept will be discussed.
Geert Lovink gave this lecture as part of the Digital Activism event organized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht within the series of presentations, conversations, seminars, and workshops Posthuman Glossary. The series takes place in the form of intensive two-day gatherings with artists, scholars, and activists around the critical issues of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work. Posthuman Glossary is a part of BAK’s research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016) and its chapter Human-Inhuman-Posthuman, which is developed in dialogue with BAK Research Fellow Professor Rosi Braidotti and organized in collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. The series leads to the publishing of the Posthuman Glossary in 2016, edited by Braidotti and BAK’s Artistic Director Maria Hlavajova.