TOTW: Virtual Anarchy
With the growth and increasing pervasiveness of the internet it is becoming more likely that people are being introduced to anarchism, and all things related to anarchy, on the internet. It has been said on the A News podcast recently that there are many anarchists now who experience their whole lives as anarchists online, not in face-to-face contact with other anarchists. Assuming that the internet continues to get bigger and better, that more people around the world continue to plug into the net, and that more people continue to walk/ride/drive around looking down at their phones, we can only assume that this experience of virtual anarchy will become more pronounced. This is especially true considering that newer generations are growing up with this being the only world that they've known.
So our topic this week is: how can we best respond to these trends? Is trolling, memeing and doxxing the best that we can do, or is there something more? Without becoming techie geniuses, what new, creative and interesting things can we do with internet technologies as anarchists? Can we create real communities and find real freedom online, or will that all become increasingly removed from us, at least until the Megamachine is destroyed?