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Transgendering Stonewall: Gay Rights Join the Victimhood Olympics – Tablet Magazine
"The intersectional left revises the history of the gay rights struggle in service of a political agenda that finds virtue in marginalization"
transgender  homosexuality  activism  history  revisionism 
9 weeks ago by tsuomela
The Revolution That Wasn’t — Jen Schradie | Harvard University Press
"This surprising study of online political mobilization shows that money and organizational sophistication influence politics online as much as off, and casts doubt on the democratizing power of digital activism. The internet has been hailed as a leveling force that is reshaping activism. From the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, digital activism seemed cheap, fast, and open to all. Now this celebratory narrative finds itself competing with an increasingly sinister story as platforms like Facebook and Twitter—once the darlings of digital democracy—are on the defensive for their role in promoting fake news. While hashtag activism captures headlines, conservative digital activism is proving more effective on the ground. In this sharp-eyed and counterintuitive study, Jen Schradie shows how the web has become another weapon in the arsenal of the powerful. She zeroes in on workers’ rights advocacy in North Carolina and finds a case study with broad implications. North Carolina’s hard-right turn in the early 2010s should have alerted political analysts to the web’s antidemocratic potential: amid booming online organizing, one of the country’s most closely contested states elected the most conservative government in North Carolina’s history. The Revolution That Wasn’t identifies the reasons behind this previously undiagnosed digital-activism gap. Large hierarchical political organizations with professional staff can amplify their digital impact, while horizontally organized volunteer groups tend to be less effective at translating online goodwill into meaningful action. Not only does technology fail to level the playing field, it tilts it further, so that only the most sophisticated and well-funded players can compete."
book  publisher  social-media  internet  activism  resources  influence  propaganda 
june 2019 by tsuomela
Bird’s Eye View: Jonathan Franzen Looks Down on Climate Activism - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The End of the End of the Earth By Jonathan Franzen Published 11.13.2018 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 240 Pages"
book  review  essay  environmental  activism 
february 2019 by tsuomela
Rebuilding Worker Voice in Today's Economy - Roosevelt Institute
"Workers are increasingly powerless in the 21st century economy. Working people have few rights on the job, corporations and wealthy individuals hold outsized influence in politics and policymaking, economic inequality is vast and deep, and economic mobility is out of reach for most. Most notably, the unionization rate—a key measure of worker voice and worker agency—has dropped rapidly since the early 1980s. These trends all underscore the need for fundamental labor law reform in America. In Rebuilding Worker Voice in Today’s Economy, Kate Andrias and Brishen Rogers argue that labor law reform in the U.S. must be guided by one core principle: It must guarantee all workers a voice in their workplaces, in the broader economy, and in our democracy. Read the two-page summary here. To achieve this principle, the authors propose for key ways to rewrite labor law: Labor law should provide rights to all workers, in all economic sectors. Labor law should protect and promote workplace unionization. Labor law should encourage sectoral-level bargaining. Labor law should protect workers’ fundamental rights to strike, picket, and engage in other collective action. We cannot have an inclusive and just society until workers truly have a voice. Labor law reform alone, however, will not foster economic and political equality, nor can it fully tackle the challenges facing workers in America today. Rebuilding a more just and equal economy and democracy will be a long-term project. Fundamental, structural labor law reform is central to that project."
labor  unions  activism 
august 2018 by tsuomela
A Blueprint for Calling the Question
"Politicians are paying attention to socialists these days. We should compel candidates to adopt pro-worker laws, pick fights with business, and talk openly about class conflict."
labor  unions  activism 
august 2018 by tsuomela
Neoliberalism From the Left
"In Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, Mudge looks at left parties in advanced capitalist countries over the last century and shows how the experts aligned with those parties pushed them in the direction of spin doctors and markets. In the process, left parties’ ability to represent the interests of their own working-class constituencies was eroded — and ordinary people were shut out of the halls of power."
interview  book  neoliberalism  economics  expertise  socialism  activism  ideology 
august 2018 by tsuomela
Interference Archive
"The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in an open stacks archival collection, publications, a study center, and public programs including as exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements. The archive contains many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials."
archive  social-movement  protest  ephemera  collection  political  activism 
july 2017 by tsuomela
What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left | New Republic
"KILL ALL NORMIES: ONLINE CULTURE WARS FROM 4CHAN AND TUMBLR TO TRUMP AND THE ALT-RIGHT By Angela NagleZero Books, 136 pp., $16.95"
book  review  alt-right  culture-war  online  anonymous  activism  tactics  critical-theory 
july 2017 by tsuomela
Americans Divided on Whether Recent Science Protests Will Benefit Scientists’ Causes | Pew Research Center
"More Democrats and younger adults believe the science marches in April will lead to public support for science; Republicans and older adults tend to disagree"
science  public-understanding  support  activism  communication 
june 2017 by tsuomela
We Have Been Here Before | Easily Distracted
A useful review of the past 60 years of controversy over college speakers.
political-correctness  college  speech  campus  controversy  activism  history  america 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Science for the People
"Science for the People is an organization dedicated to building a social movement around progressive and radical perspectives on science and society. We are STEM workers, educators, and activists who believe that science can be a positive force for humanity and the planet."
science  activism  politics  progressive 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Preservation of Electronic Government Information (PEGI) | CRL
"Librarians, technologists, and other information professionals from the Center for Research Libraries, the Government Publishing Office (GPO), the University of North Texas, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Missouri, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Stanford University are undertaking a two year project to address national concerns regarding the preservation of electronic government information (PEGI) by cultural memory organizations for long term use by the citizens of the United States. The PEGI project has been informed by a series of meetings between university librarians, information professionals, and representatives of federal agencies, including the Government Publishing Office and the National Archives and Records Administration. The focus of the PEGI proposal is at-risk government digital information of long term historical significance."
data-rescue  government  scholarly-communication  public-data  risk  activism 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Endangered Data Week - April 17-21, 2017
"Endangered Data Week is a new, collaborative effort, coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions, to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost. The week's events can promote care for endangered collections by: publicizing the availability of datasets; increasing critical engagement with them, including through visualization and analysis; and by encouraging political activism for open data policies and the fostering of data skills through workshops on curation, documentation and discovery, improved access, and preservation."
data-rescue  data-curation  activism  libraries 
march 2017 by tsuomela
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