n+1: Internet as Social Movement

“Walter Benjamin spoke of ‘modern man’s legitimate claim to being reproduced’ by film, a claim denied modern man by the capitalist film industry; James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom lamented the fact that the wisdom of the street found no outlet in literature. Now, through a million open channels, the wisdom of the people is represented, and they can write back to power—or at least to posters of YouTube videos. A lot of this writing has been insightful, strange, and witty. A comparable amount has been racist, homophobic, misogynistic—and a great many people have simply posted very cute photos of their pets.”
n+1, “Internet as Social Movement: A brief history of webism”