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Perfiles latinoamericanos

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SCHULZ, Markus S.. New Media and transnational mobilization: the case of the Zapatista Movement. Perf. latinoam. [online]. 2014, vol.22, n.44, pp.171-194. ISSN 0188-7653.

The New Information and Communication Technologies not only facilitated an accelerated economic globalization, they also fostered hopes for a global civil society of solidary cosmopolitans and transnational activism. The Zapatista uprising in Chiapas has been widely considered to be the prototypical case of a conflict in which the Internet had a decisive impact. This paper questions whether Internet's impact was exaggerated and investigates its role empirically through quantitative and qualitative analyses of web sites and electronic mailing lists within the broader context of Mexico's changing media infrastructure since the nineteen-nineties. The findings support a more nuanced account and assessment of the Internet's role vis-à-vis other media interfaces. The paper concludes with a set of general hypotheses for further research.

Keywords : globalization; Internet; public sphere; political communication; social movements; transnational activism; Zapatistas; Chiapas.

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