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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(3), 41;

Piracy and the Politics of Social Media

Department for Culture Studies, Linköping University, 601 74 Norrköping, Sweden
Academic Editor: Terri Towner
Received: 13 June 2016 / Revised: 13 July 2016 / Accepted: 20 July 2016 / Published: 5 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Media and Political Participation)
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Since the 1990s, the understanding of how and where politics are made has changed radically. Scholars such as Ulrich Beck and Maria Bakardjieva have discussed how political agency is enacted outside of conventional party organizations, and political struggles increasingly focus on single issues. Over the past two decades, this transformation of politics has become common knowledge, not only in academic research but also in the general political discourse. Recently, the proliferation of digital activism and the political use of social media are often understood to enforce these tendencies. This article analyzes the Pirate Party in relation to these theories, relying on almost 30 interviews with active Pirate Party members from different parts of the world. The Pirate Party was initially formed in 2006, focusing on copyright, piracy, and digital privacy. Over the years, it has developed into a more general democracy movement, with an interest in a wider range of issues. This article analyzes how the party’s initial focus on information politics and social media connects to a wider range of political issues and to other social movements, such as Arab Spring protests and Occupy Wall Street. Finally, it discusses how this challenges the understanding of information politics as a single issue agenda. View Full-Text
Keywords: piracy; Pirate Party; political mobilization; political parties; information politics; social media; activism piracy; Pirate Party; political mobilization; political parties; information politics; social media; activism
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