International Review of Information Ethics
Using an Arendtian framework, I argue that we can understand distinctive and effective elements of the #OWS movements as forms of non-action related to prior strategies of non-violence, the propaganda of the deed, and coalitions of affinity rather than identity. This understanding allows us to see that, while the use of social media in the movement does not provide the same affordances for building and maintaining power as physical occupation, and while online community clearly cannot substitute for physical community in many relevant and consequential ways, Facebook does nonetheless provide a platform well suited to maintaining power through these distinctive forms of non-action.
Original Publication Citation
Wittkower, Dylan E. "The Vital Non-Action of Occupation, Offline and Online." International Review of Information Ethics 18, (2012): 169-174.
Wittkower, Dylan E., "The Vital Non-Action of Occupation, Offline and Online" (2012). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 4.