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  • Title: Uprising: The Internet’s Unintended Consequences
  • Author(s): Marcus Breen
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Technology, Knowledge & Society
  • Keywords: Internet, Social Aspects, Social Change, Transgressive Knowledge, Transdisciplinary
  • Date: May 25, 2011
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-86335-866-8
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-86335-867-5
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/978-1-86335-867-5/CGP
  • Citation: Breen, Marcus . 2011. Uprising: The Internet’s Unintended Consequences. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-86335-867-5/CGP.
  • Extent: 225 pages

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The Internet has transformed the social relations that were once managed by the powers that be. As a rapidly maturing communications technology, the Internet has brought people together even while it has reinforced privatism. The desktop computer, the laptop, the cellular and mobile phone, the Global Positoning System, the pilotless drone aircraft, video games and Government documents courtesy of Wikileaks, all are connected on the network of networks. Together these converged elements of a global socio-technical system offer wonderful possibilities for human emancipation, even while those ideas collide with established ideas of civility and decency. Utilizing a transdisciplinary approach, Uprising examines the way transgressive knowledge circulates in places and spaces where communication regulation has been removed. In doing so, the book offers a new approach to proletarianization. It is based on the theory that the deregulation of the digital infrastructure allows transgressive knowledge to be mobilized in ways that remake political economy. The current moment sees the Internet opening up questions about social organization, power and democracy. The unintended consequences that are attached to this analysis of the Internet are discussed in research about pornography and jihad. These case studies show how proletarianization can be used to understand the Internet, culture and society.