The Contemporary Epoch of Struggle: Anti-Austerity Protests, the Arab Uprisings and Occupy Wall Street

Todd Wolfson and Peter Funke This chapter examines the relationships, points of inspiration and contradictory dynamics that characterize the current epoch of social movement politics and global protests. The central argument is that with the progression of neoliberal capitalism since 1980, a shared logic of social movement politics has emerged. This logic spans from the Zapatistas and the Global Justice […]

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Media Mobilizing Project

Founded by Todd Wolfson, Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) is based in Philadelphia and is an award winning social justice group that uses media to build the power of working people. MMP exists to build a media, education and organizing infrastructure that will cohere and amplify the growing movement to end poverty.  We use media to organize poor and working people to […]

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Animated Video: Digital Rebellion – The Birth of the Cyber Left

Published on Jun 27, 2015 Rutgers SC&I Social Media & Society Cluster Melding virtual and traditional ethnographic practice to explore the Cyber Left’s cultural logic, Todd Wolfson maps the social, spatial and communicative structure of the Indymedia network and details its operations on the local, national and global level. He looks at the participatory democracy that governs global social movements […]

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Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left

Online organizing and the new era of radical struggle Digital Rebellion examines the impact of new media and communication technologies on the spatial, strategic, and organizational fabric of social movements. Todd Wolfson reveals how aspects of the mid-1990s Zapatistas movement–network organizational structure, participatory democratic governance, and the use of communication tools as a binding agent–became essential parts of Indymedia and other […]

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Communication, class and concentric media practices: Developing a contemporary rubric

New Media & Society, Volume 16, Number 3, 2014 Todd Wolfson and Peter N Funke Abstract Understanding class as a process of self-making in relation to a particular, historical form of capitalism, in this article we argue that media and communication (from face-to-face and old mediums such as radio to internet-powered tools) must be conceptualized as an emerging structural dimension for class […]

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Suturing Working Class Subjectivities: Media Mobilizing Project and the Role of Media Building a Class-Based Social Movement

Triple C: Communication, Capitalism and Critique Volume 10, Number 1, 2012   Abstract Due to the increasingly atomized, isolated nature of social life, as well as the apparent splintering of the working class under neoliberal capitalism, media serve a pivotal infrastructural function for generating the necessary commonality between the fractured sectors of the contemporary working class. This article ethnographically and […]

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Class In-Formation: The Intersection of Old and New Media in Contemporary Urban Social Movements

Social Movement Studies, Volume 13, Issue 3, 2014 DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2013.831755 Peter Nikolaus Funkea & Todd Wolfsonb* pages 349-364 Published online: 19 Sep 2013 Abstract This article starts out by distinguishing between communication and communication mediums when examining social movement-powered formations of collective identity and collective action. We then focus on communication mediums to examine the different ways that old and new media are […]

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