The revolution will not be downloaded: Dissent in the digital age

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This book attacks the often implicit and damaging assumption that 'everyone' is online and that 'everyone' is using online resources within the specified parameters of employers, government and national laws. Put another way, this book summons a critical Web Studies, asking not only who is using particular applications, but also how and why. This remedial work is required. The concept and label of 'Web 2.0' is part of a wide-ranging suite of assumptions that offer simple answers to difficult questions. The term captures a desire for online collaboration and the sharing of information, performed most visibly through blogs, podcasts and wikis. Other 'products' that capture the Web 2.0 ideology include Google Maps, Facebook, MySpace and Flickr. Within this framework, websites no long hold information but become a platform to connect applications with users. The business applications have gained the most attention - particularly content syndication - but there are also 'political' initiatives overlaying this project including open communication, the sharing of data and the deeplinking of web architecture. Web 2.0 is not only buzzword, but - pivotally for The Revolution Will Not Be Downloaded - increases the online opportunities and applications for those already online while ignoring those still excluded from Web 1. 0. This book reveals not only who is using particular online platforms, but the costs to citizenship and democracy through that social profile.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherChandos Publishing
Number of pages235
ISBN (Electronic)9781780631691
ISBN (Print)9781843344599, 9781843344605
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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