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Digitally Enabled Social Change: Activism in the Internet Age

Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport


Attention has been paid to the emergence of “Internet activism,” but scholars and pundits disagree about whether online political activity is different in kind from more traditional forms of activism. Does the global reach and blazing speed of the Internet affect the essential character or dynamics of online political protest? This book examines key characteristics of Web activism, and investigates their impacts on organization and participation. It argues that the Web offers two key affordances relevant to activism: Sharply reduced costs for creating, organizing, and participating in protest; ... More

Keywords: Internet activism, reduced costs, online petition, online boycotts, online letter-writing, e-mailing campaigns, social movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015103
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015103.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Earl, author

Katrina Kimport, author