Wednesday, February 23, 2005

What about global comunication technology?

I was rather surprised to see that Cowie never really addresses the role of global comunication technologies in transnational corporate relations. Much has been made of modern technologies, such as the Internet, offering marginalized groups more of an ability to mobilize in the public sector.

Therefore, might these technologies offer the same opportunities for workers in the private sector to create solidarity across borders and level the playing field between corporate leaders and workers?

By the way, how much does the auto industry actually contribute to illegal drug trafficking? (see Cowie, p. 201) :)


Sara said...

I think it's possible for groups across borders to use the internet to level the playing field with multinationals. However I think the technology would have to be used in a way that exerted financial and / or political might to a cause worth fighting... there are some successes out there but a pattern is yet to emerge. Not to be partisan, but the Republicans incorporated this in a way in last campaign but with the support of a media machine that made the internet a factor but not THE factor.

Kevin said...

I think you're right. As I was writing the question I was trying to think of instances where groups have used the Internet successfully as a tool for mobilization, but couldn't think of any off of the top of my head. The Republican example is a good one, but, as you said, thay had a large media blitz backing them. The only example I can think of now is the Dean campaign, which relied heavily on the Internet, but obviously, that campaign's success is questionable at best.

Linda said...

The Seattle trade protests and the anit-war protests several years ago were organized pretty much exclusively on the Internet and I was impressed at how many people could be rallied quickly without an traditional media coverage.Here in Madison alone, the peace coalition website was used to mobilize up to 8,000 people within 24 hours time for their marches. Yet after the war started it all seemed to lose steam quickly.