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By Graham Meikle
Active is an exploration of the widening field of Internet activism, of
the key players and their ideas, and of the tactics and technologies
that inspire them. The Internet has enabled unprecedented global
commerce and helped create new oligopolies - but it has also mobilised
millions of people locally and globally with very different visions of
connected world communities.
Future Active examines the uses of
the Internet as a tool to effect social, political and cultural change.
Graham Meikle talks to activists from around the world: from culture
jammers to right-wing resistance movements, from political parties to
pioneer hacktivists. He provides case studies of milestone Net
campaigns - key figures explain how Belgrade radio station B92 used the
Net to thwart Milosevic's censorship, how the McSpotlight website
contributed to the campaign of the defendants in the McLibel trial, and
how the global Indymedia phenomenon was born.
Meikle argues that
it is the unfinished and open nature of the Internet that is most
radical. It is through creating open media spaces that people can come
to make their own futures - and those futures will be much more
exciting than the media McWorld of corporate 'interactivity'.
Active is a report from the frontlines of the guerrilla media war.
Writing in brisk, skip-the-bullshit style, Meikle chronicles and
critiques the tactical strikes of hacktivists, culture jammers, and
other mutant free radicals who are putting the Internet to political
use." Mark Dery, author of 'The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American
Culture on the Brink'
Graham Meikle lectures in Media and Communication at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Future Active is part of the media.culture series edited by McKenzie Wark..