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Anarchist CyberneticsControl and Communication in Radical Politics$
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Thomas Swann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529208788

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.001.0001

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2011: The Year Everything Nothing Changed

2011: The Year Everything Nothing Changed

(p.1) 1 2011: The Year Everything Nothing Changed
Anarchist Cybernetics

Thomas Swann

Policy Press

Chapter One introduces the connections between anarchism and cybernetics against the backdrop of what will be referred to throughout the book as the 2011 uprisings (Occupy, the Arab Spring, 15M/Indignados, the UK riots). The chapter highlights the apparent role of leaderless self-organisation in these uprisings and the perceived use of social media as an organising tool therein. It is argued that the examples of the 2011 uprisings show that there is a need for an in-depth understanding of how self-organisation and social media-backed organisation can and do operate.

Keywords:   Anarchism, Cybernetics, 2011 protests, Social movement activism, Social media

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