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Homepage: Internet Activism and Women

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The anthropological relevance of the emergence of the internet in the 1990’s cannot be underestimated. As usage of the World Wide Web inflated towards the end of the decade and the repercussions of its capabilities were visualised, the internet began to form an almost utopian fantasy. It illustrated a new world in which anything was possible: ‘Promises touted by corporate advisers, politicians, and cyberfanatics alike were staggering: empowerment, convenience, global democracy, wealth, communities unfettered by geography, mutable identity, and even the erasure of gender and race.’1 These early utopian hopes of the World Wide Web have long been contextualised to an interface that, in many ways, mirrors or supports the reality of the ‘real-world’2. Around a decade later, we are coming to terms with the strengths and limitations of the internet and notably its role in political debate, community and strategy.

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(2009) “Homepage: Internet Activism and Women”, field: 3(1), 133–142.

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02 Dec 2009
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