Week Nine – Social Organization—Micropolitics, Networks, Designing for and Living in New Communities

This week we looked at how new media technologies is changing social organisation. It is shifting the structure and framework which we are organised in, into something else. Perhaps better.

Our organised society is changing, social media has allowed us to ascend into new levels of engagement. New communities have been allowed to form thanks to online public sphere. People with common interests converge online and form a new community.

Social organization can now take place online with people forming groups to fight for what they want or to voice their opinions. eg marriage rights protest. New media has allowed for more voices to be reached and heard.

Thomas Jellis introduces the term ‘micropolitics’ defined as  “the creation of techniques for collaboration, involve experimentation and an openness to be experimental” So I guess this means, its the opening up of new communities to be trialled and formed. It is the use of power by the people outside the large organizations, (macropolitics) in achieving goals within their own constructs of an organization.

The internet for example has allowed ‘micropolitic’ communities to break the framework put up by government and large organizations. There are every-day people doing citizen journalism, reporting on news that might not be covered by mainstream media, therefore putting such info and news online on their own websites to be seen by the public outside of typical framing. Developments in social media means we all have access of ‘governing’, we have resources and we have data if we seek it.

Social organization has changed the outcome of goverment’s actions, through the collaboration of ideas by communities. It demonstrates that micropolitics is a transversal system. The control by the goverment in Terranova’s reading is weakening because there are so many networks that are thriving together. Technology is making is harder for anyone to control data or information, but is also the best place to begin in creating new social organizations.

Jellis, Thomas (2009) ‘Disorientation and micropolitics: a response’, spacesof[aesthetic]experimentation, <http://www.spacesofexperimentation.net/montreal/disorientation-and-micropolitics-a-response/> (read only the first bit, until the paragraph just under the quote)

 Terranova,Tiziana (2004) ‘From Organisms to Multitudes’ In Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age London: Pluto: 101-106