Radical Histories in Digital Culture
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This issue of Radical History Review explores how digital culture has reshaped access to and control of information and restructured how we view ourselves in relation to the social and the political, rewiring where, how, and with whom we engage in political action.
Framing the Contested History of Digital Culture
Lyell Davies and Elena Razlogova trace the history of digital culture and the Internet to explore the interaction between information and communication technologies and global social movements.
Marco Deseriis compares the tactics and strategies of the Luddites and online hacktivist group Anonymous. Lisa Lynch examines the impact of the Wikileaks Cablegate scandal on journalism in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Congolese diaspora. Dara N. Byrne examines the racialization of crime through online vigilantism. Stefka Hristova analyzes Internet memes that appropriate imagery from the torture of Iraqi prisoners and the pepper spraying of Occupy Wall Street protestors. Tomomi Yamaguchi interrogates the performative staging of protest for video streaming as an organizing strategy utilized by Japan’s right wing.
Lyell Davies interviews three media justice activists, who discuss the challenges faced by marginalized communities in accessing, generating, and sharing information.
Teaching Radical History
Ellen Noonan examines the potential for a new model of history learning that uses digital tools to deepen understanding of and inquiry into historical content.
Wafaa Bilal uses interactive technologies, new media, and performance to examine digital culture as a platform for sociological control in a highly mediated and increasingly monitored environment.
Lyell Davies discusses the impact of information communication technologies on the environment and lives of workers in Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller’s Greening the Media. Hossein Khosrowjah examines two different accounts of the popular uprising in Egypt in 2011 in Wael Ghonim’s Revolution 2.0: A Memoir and Tweets from Tahrir, edited by Nadia Idle and Alexis Nunns.
Linda Gordon discusses the life and work of pioneering historian and founder of the field of women’s history, Gerda Lerner.