I didn’t know about the first talk in the series; but in advance of the second, I was chatting to a friend over coffee, about how I had not yet seen an academically methodological, technically competent, empirically accurate paper on online/offline integrated activism.
An hour later, I had.
The first talk was the academic theory background. It is needed for understanding the academic bits of the other talks, and some of the background reasoning. If that’s not of interest, you can skip that one.
The remaining two talks are a pair, the second on Occupy and the US, and is now (and certainly was a 3 weeks ago when it was given) a talk about works in progress. The middle talk was looking at the process of revolution in the Middle East (primarily).
They looked deeply at the social, demographic and political reasons and interactions that intertwined in different ways in the different countries. Different reasons, for similar things, in different places, at similar times. It was a very good lecture.
If you’re watching it, the thing that computer people might question, is his use of “wireless” as a tool. He clarifies the means 3G and mobile phones (ie not wired), not WiFi. The connectivity wherever you are.
We’re starting to see some of that with FixMyTransport, or, more clearly, sukey.org where protestors could get comparable situational intelligence to the police. The Guardian Reading the Riots investigation picked up some of this when it was done ad hoc via BBM.
It was a very interesting set of talks, that my dear reader may be interested in.