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Death of distance or tyranny of distance? the internet, deterritorialisation, and the anti-globalisation movement in Australia

Capling, Ann; Nossal, Kim Richard

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Much of the analysis of the anti-globalisation movement has focused on the degree to which the Internet has played a crucial role in contemporary social movements. It is commonly argued that the net helps create ‘virtual communities’ that use the medium to exchange information, co-ordinate activities, and build and extend political support. Much of the commentary on the web as a means of political mobilisation stresses the degree to which the net compresses both space and time. Equally...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCapling, Ann
dc.contributor.authorNossal, Kim Richard
dc.date.accessioned2003-09-05
dc.date.accessioned2004-05-19T18:18:52Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:54:00Z
dc.date.available2004-05-19T18:18:52Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:54:00Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/41797
dc.description.abstractMuch of the analysis of the anti-globalisation movement has focused on the degree to which the Internet has played a crucial role in contemporary social movements. It is commonly argued that the net helps create ‘virtual communities’ that use the medium to exchange information, co-ordinate activities, and build and extend political support. Much of the commentary on the web as a means of political mobilisation stresses the degree to which the net compresses both space and time. Equally important in this view is the deterritorialised nature of on-line protest and diminution in importance of ‘place’ in current anti-globalisation campaigns. Our examination of the antiglobalisation movement in Australia leads us to a different conclusion. While the Internet does indeed compress time, it compresses space in a different and indeed quite variable way. This paper examines the way in which Australians protested against the MAI and the WTO meetings in Seattle and shows the differences in the nature of protest in each case. We conclude that crucial to an understanding of the differences was the considerable difference in the importance of ‘place’ in each case.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.subjectinternet
dc.subjectsocial movements
dc.subjectvirtual communities
dc.subjectAustralia
dc.subjectMAI
dc.subjectMultilateral Agreement on Investment
dc.subjectWTO
dc.subjectWorld Trade Organisation
dc.subjectanti-globalisation protests
dc.subjectgeographical space
dc.subjectdeath of distance
dc.subjecttyranny
dc.subjectdeterritorialisation
dc.titleDeath of distance or tyranny of distance? the internet, deterritorialisation, and the anti-globalisation movement in Australia
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedyes
local.identifier.citationmonthoct
local.identifier.citationyear2000
local.identifier.eprintid1934
local.rights.ispublishedyes
dc.date.issued2000
local.contributor.affiliationDepartment of International Relations, RSPAS
local.contributor.affiliationANU
local.citationWorking papers 2000/3
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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