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Revolutionary Horizons? Debating the Democratic Potential of the Internet

Friday, April 12 2013

revolutionary_featimgThe effect of the Internet and social media tools upon recent global uprisings has received much attention. Popular claims that such digital environments are revolutionary tools for social change have been countered by charges of ‘slacktivism’ and critiques that draw attention to the entanglement between the Internet and neoliberal capital. Critical theorists Jodi Dean and Andrew Feenberg have developing highly compelling but distinct perspectives on this question of the relationships between networked technology, political life, and social movements. The event brought these two esteemed scholars together to debate how we can best understand the role of the internet in shaping the possibilities and limitations of collective action today.

The debate took place Friday, April 12th, 2013 at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus (room #1900) and saw an attendance of nearly 300. It was moderated by Professor Stuart Poyntz (SFU Communication).

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Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Fletcher Challenge Theatre, SFU Harbour Centre 515 W. Hastings St. Vancouver
Cost: Free