My Google alerts bombard me regularly with articles and posts about digital advocacy and activism, all stored dutifully on Diigo.
Because my search terms are non-partisan, I get the inventive and the dull; the cynical and the passionate; the reflective and the obtuse. Here is a sample that demonstrates the range of views on this critical 2012 issue:
- The master of the straw man argument ('technology can solve problems of democracy' . . .which few who write about activism online actually believe), Evgeny Morozov is still worth listening if only to confirm the obverse of what he says:
- A short reminder from Mashable that the reason online activism can be powerful is because "It's the network stupid."
- An antidote to the cynics and shallow thinkers (and writers) about the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng who "is part of a new generation of Chinese activists whose use of modern communications tools including social media is posing an unprecedented challenge for the government."
- And a reasonable cautionary note about the dangers of the Internet "mob mentality" from Michael Trice at Partisans.org
Frankly, though, I am still looking for the balanced thinkers on digital activism, although Clay Shirky still ranks among the most thoughtful.