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3.0 out of 5 stars Misplaced optimism?, 9 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age (Paperback)
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I have read a number of books who talk about the theory of networks and having distributed organisations, and they always give an example of the Arab Spring. There certainly are advantages of networks without centralised control. The NSA/CIA need to learn this lesson so they can compartmentalise data and so that people like Edward Snowden cannot have too much access. There are also demonstrations from Al Qaeda that these amorphous hydra like organisations can be very difficult to eliminate. But the reality of the networks of outrage is that they have been out-manoeuvered by the establishment. It has simply flexed away and waited until the outrage has dissipated and hope is not enough to keep the movement active. So Los Indignados, Occupy, and the Arab Spring are nice examples at their start but they do not show where to go from there and so the book is of a story half-told.
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