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Piracy and the Politics of Social Media
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies – Tema Q. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3309-3840
2016 (English)In: Social Sciences, ISSN 2076-0760, Vol. 5, no 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since the 1990s, the understanding of how and where politics are made has changed radically. Scholars such as Ulrich Beck and Maria Bakardjieva have discussed how political agency is enacted outside of conventional party organizations, and political struggles increasingly focus on single issues. Over the past two decades, this transformation of politics has become common knowledge, not only in academic research but also in the general political discourse. Recently, the proliferation of digital activism and the political use of social media are often understood to enforce these tendencies. This article analyzes the Pirate Party in relation to these theories, relying on almost 30 interviews with active Pirate Party members from different parts of the world. The Pirate Party was initially formed in 2006, focusing on copyright, piracy, and digital privacy. Over the years, it has developed into a more general democracy movement, with an interest in a wider range of issues. This article analyzes how the party’s initial focus on information politics and social media connects to a wider range of political issues and to other social movements, such as Arab Spring protests and Occupy Wall Street. Finally, it discusses how this challenges the understanding of information politics as a single issue agenda.

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Basel: MDPI , 2016. Vol. 5, no 3
Keyword [en]
Piracy;Pirate Party;political mobilization;political parties;information politics;social media;activism
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Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130458DOI: 10.3390/socsci5030041OAI: diva2:951141
Piratkopieringens ideologi
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-00601
Available from: 2016-08-06 Created: 2016-08-06 Last updated: 2016-08-22

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