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Digitally Enabled Social ChangeActivism in the Internet Age$
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Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015103

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015103.001.0001

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Being Together versus Working Together: Copresence in Participation

Being Together versus Working Together: Copresence in Participation

(p.123) 6 Being Together versus Working Together: Copresence in Participation
Digitally Enabled Social Change

Jennifer Earl

Katrina Kimport

The MIT Press

Physical togetherness has always been considered an integral part of social movements, but in the present age of information technology, physical copresence may not be required for social movements and protests. Internet-enabled technology may enable like-minded people to raise their voices, even from a distant location, for social change. People may show a powerful collective action online to express their outrage about some issue. This chapter discusses how Internet-enabled technologies help generate collective action without copresence and make protests or movements for social change effective. Asynchronous communication and long-distance collaboration are some of the important features of Internet-based technologies that make protests and social movements possible without having physical togetherness.

Keywords:   physical togetherness, copresence, Internet-enabled technology, social change, social movements

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