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Affective Media, Cyberlibertarianism and the New Zealand Internet Party

Jutel , Olivier (2017) Affective Media, Cyberlibertarianism and the New Zealand Internet Party. TripleC: cognition communicatio co-operation, 15 (1). pp. 337-354. ISSN 1726-670X

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    Abstract

    he New Zealand Internet Party tested key notions of affective media politics. Embracing techno-solutionism and the hacker politics of disruption, Kim Dotcom’s party attempted to mobilise the youth vote through an irreverent politics of lulz. While an electoral failure, the party’s political discourse offers insights into affective media ontology. The social character of affective media creates the political conditions for an antagonistic political discourse. In this case affective identification in the master signifier “The Internet” creates a community of enjoyment, threatened by the enemy of state surveillance as an agent of rapacious jouissance. The Internet Party’s politics of lulz was cast as a left-wing techno-fix to democracy, but this rhetoric belied a politics of cyberlibertarianism. Dotcom’s political intervention attempted to conflate his private interests as a battle that elevates him to the status of cyberlibertarian super-hero in the mould of Edward Snowden or Julian Assange.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
    H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
    J Political Science > JC Political theory
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
    Depositing User: Olivier Jutel
    Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 16:26
    Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 16:26
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9773
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