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Aug 10 2005 11:06
Internet activism-a few questions

hello.

my name is kate, i'm a student at Glasgow university. i am trying to find out how the activities of political activists have changed with increased use of the Internet. you seem like a friendly lot, so i was wondering if i could get a little help? really, any opinions on the matter would be a great help, but i have made up a few pointer questions:

Why do you use this message board? How regularly?

Do you use other message boards too? For 'political' or social ends?

Do you think message boards are useful for political discussion? Do they encourage a wider discourse (in terms of the topics discussed and the people taking part)? Is it more likely that this discourse will be reasoned, having had time to think before you type?

Do you take part in political discussion elsewhere (e.g. with friends, family, in newspapers, meetings)?

Do you use the message board to organise political events, or have you noticed anyone else doing this?

Some more general issues might include whether you feel that it is generally easier to organise politically on the Internet, and why, how important the Internet is in maintaining freedom of speech, and how open the Internet is to wider discourse compared to other forms of media.

If anyone would prefer, my email address is 0207710w@student.gla.ac.uk

Thanks a lot for any help you can give me! Even just a couple of thoughts would be great.

Kate x

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Aug 10 2005 11:14

I mainly use the libcom forums for fun, but it's also useful for organising.

If you check out the Colchester Solidarity Group forum, you can see how important it is for organising. Agendas and minutes of each meeting go up there, we'll also start a thread about an upcoming event to organise for it.

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Aug 10 2005 13:27

I mainly use the forums to slag off nationalists and meander through the world of anarchist theory in a hippy stupor. This is the only one I use. But I check it daily. It's easier to be rude over the Internet. Hope this is of some help,

Bodach red n black star

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Aug 10 2005 13:40

Hi

I use this board to worship afraser in between looking for jobs.

Love

Chris

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Aug 10 2005 14:01

I use the board as a free dating agency, as many here will testify.

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Aug 10 2005 14:03
Refused wrote:
I use the board as a free dating agency, as many here will testify.

Oh yeah baby wink

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Aug 10 2005 18:41
injured_popstar wrote:
hello.

my name is kate, i'm a student at Glasgow university. i am trying to find out how the activities of political activists have changed with increased use of the Internet.

Mostly it's meant that "activists" can surf the net at work instead of making phone calls or paper-clip sculptures.

Will answer more of the Q's later...

big al
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Aug 10 2005 18:48

I just got here, and I use it to spy on the plebs wink

The Porkadian
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Aug 11 2005 10:20

whats an activist confused

Ghost_of_the_re...
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Aug 11 2005 10:30

The internet is a waste of time. That is both its nature and its purpose.

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Aug 11 2005 11:01

Why do you use this message board? How regularly?

To keep up to date with the 'anarcho world' and to write stupid posts for my own amusement. regularly lots

I use a music site www.absolutepunk.net where I talk about mixtapes and the latest Death Cab record hoho, but not political.

Do you think message boards are useful for political discussion? Do they encourage a wider discourse (in terms of the topics discussed and the people taking part)? Is it more likely that this discourse will be reasoned, having had time to think before you type?

I think so, it's easier for people just jump into conversations and not feel so self conscience. Plus you can look like a fool with no real understanding of anything and it doesn't matter cause you can change your username and no one will ever know.

Do you take part in political discussion elsewhere (e.g. with friends, family, in newspapers, meetings)?

I do

Do you use the message board to organise political events, or have you noticed anyone else doing this?

yes and yes.

Some more general issues might include whether you feel that it is generally easier to organise politically on the Internet, and why, how important the Internet is in maintaining freedom of speech, and how open the Internet is to wider discourse compared to other forms of media.

It's good, though some people see it as if by posting in forumland that's it, nothing else has to be done in real life.

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Aug 11 2005 13:27

Hi,

I'm new to the forums but if you don't mind me talking a little about other times I've been involved in groups largly orginised over the internet I'd be happy to ablige smile

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Aug 11 2005 14:29

Well, hello virgin queen. wink grin

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Aug 11 2005 14:34
Refused wrote:
Well, hello virgin queen. wink grin

the last person that winked at me like that...well lets just say they ended up buying me a drink (or two, or three...)

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Aug 11 2005 14:39

Way ahead of ye.

*Gets a 2nd mortgage*

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Aug 11 2005 15:43

Shut up, will ye. I'm gonnae score!

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Aug 11 2005 16:12

Such a pimp

Mitch
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Aug 11 2005 16:36

I thought he was on about fantasy football eek

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Aug 11 2005 20:01
the virgin queen wrote:
Hi,

I'm new to the forums but if you don't mind me talking a little about other times I've been involved in groups largly orginised over the internet I'd be happy to ablige :)

please do! thanks v much

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Aug 12 2005 14:45
Refused wrote:
Way ahead of ye.

*Gets a 2nd mortgage*

It's good to see someone who knows hoiw to treat a freeloading bitch smile

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Aug 12 2005 14:47
injured_popstar wrote:
please do! thanks v much

OK. I've not got the time just now but I'll get onto it as soon as I can smile