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One of the most effective social media shit disturbers around today is neither young nor a technophile. In fact, at age 70, Kalle Lasn has mixed feelings about the Web, which he sometimes sees as an unhealthy cultural addiction. Nevertheless, after working for over 20 years to make a dent in late capitalist culture through Adbusters Magazine and related Culture Jamming campaigns such as Buy Nothing Day, Lasn finally hit the jackpot when he tweeted to his followers exhorting them to camp out in front the New York Stock Exchange. This seed of an idea, through viral online sharing and phsyical mobilization, was to become a global movement that grabbed headlines for many months in 2011-2012 and continues to live on as an important cultural and political reference.  Continue Reading…

Social media networks, through the power they have given to individuals, are by nature disruptive. Not a month goes by these days that we don’t hear of another government or corporation shaken and humbled by a lightning-speed mobilization of online people power. This article is part of a series that seeks to catalog the most notable social media disruptions of politics, business and culture.

This is a draft of a book chapter I want to write. I need your help to fill in blanks as no exhaustive list of these exists. Some of my examples are globally known, some very local to Canada or Québec. I know I am missing some, do you know of others? Please suggest some that you know, however local they may be. I’m interested in all of them!

I am starting with Politics here and will move on in future posts to cover Business and Culture as well.

Student Protests, Casseroles and the Charest Government in Québec.

Starting with an example close to home! The student movement in Quebec, now on strike for over 100 days, filling the streets almost daily with massive protests. Continue Reading…