Micropolitics can be considered as the construction of new communities within new medias, notably social networks. Micropolitics, or the creation of techniques for collaboration, involve experimentation and an openness to be experimental. Micropolitics then, offers a point of departure for a new kind of politics. (Jellis, 2009).

 

Micropolitics sees co operation within networks rather than (or as well as) competition. Howard Rheingold describes this as the Collaboration theory (Rheingold, 2008). This is seen through media such as Wikipedia, where any individual has the ‘power’ to log-in and collaborate new or extra bits of information to an existing topic. Wikipedia encompasses Rheingold’s theory by enabling connections, self instructing, group forming and leveraging self interest.

 

Micropolitics is also present in social media, which can be described as new ‘designs’ for the living within new communities (Jellis, 2009). Within these new communities, co-operation is vital. Through the use of hashtags, users interested in like-terms collaborate and co-operate to learn from each other. They are between real individuals, groups (organisations are often represented by a social media account) and communities. Twitter users are adaptive to difference; through hashtags, discussions and debate are formed under a thread. People are more open to learn about a topic, no matter what the view is. Relationships are built and a community is constructed.

 

Jellis, Thomas (2009) ‘Disorientation and micropolitics: a response’, spacesof[aesthetic]experimentation, <http://www.spacesofexperimentation.net/montreal/disorientation-and-micropolitics-a-response/

Rheingold, Howard (2008) ’Way-new collaboration’, YouTube.com (TED), <http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d5s3Z0iesRM> 

 

 

 

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