New media, geopolitics and #Wikileaks
In view of the global repercussions of the current social drama surrounding Wikileaks and the Cablegate case, it may be time to revisit my call for a geopolitical anthropology of media. To quote from an October 2009 blog post:
What would a geopolitical anthropology of media entail? In other words, how would one go about studying anthropologically (and not just ethnographically) the relationship between power, culture and geography in the emergence of contemporary media ecologies?
It is widely expected – and reasonably so – that the release by Wikileaks of thousands of US diplomatic cables will have a profound effect on how states communicate both internally and with other states. This global event is also highly likely to alter in important ways existing relationships between digital activists, governments and the news media. How can these changes be studied comparatively, across countries and regions?
A number of people expressed an interest in this project through various channels. Perhaps it’s time to have an online and/or offline meeting on this issue? It would of course have to be an interdisciplinary effort, not just an anthropological project. Drop me a line if you’d like to discuss how to take this idea further, including where to meet, funding, etc.