Anarchists: We need to talk about Facebook (original article below)
First is Ab Irato’s response on Facebook. here it is “We have always thought that the left wants something else: to continue our struggles on the internet and to use the internet for our political struggles. This is what it’s about for us – even today. That is why we see Facebook users as a real danger for our struggles. In particular, activists who publish important information on Facebook (often without knowing what they are doing), which is increasingly used by law enforcement agencies. We could almost go as far as accusing those activists of collaborating. But we’re not quite there yet. We still have hope that people will realise that Facebook is a political enemy and that those who use Facebook make it more and more powerful. Activist Facebook users feed the machine and thereby reveal our structures – without any need, without any court orders, without any pressure.”
Heres my response to that.
To Abrato and fellow Anarchist –
I Disagree I don’t think we should see activist facebook users as collaborators. I think we should see, and use, digital communication as an equally important front of resistance. Not only is the Internet the biggest media outlet but Its also a place thats dominated by capitalist with proprietary software, operating systems, everything really is fucked. The state is going to repress the movement no matter what we shouldn’t give into their shit by giving up our presence on the Internet because it’s probably the largest media outlet we have. I think the Internet is crucial for building this worldwide movement”
I don’t think anarchist should be scared of the internet. I think we need to take advantage of it, and use it. It it our biggest media outlet, perhaps are biggest voice. We need to use it, and definitely not alienate those who do.