From the Streets to the Internet: The Cyber-Diffusion of Contention

  title={From the Streets to the Internet: The Cyber-Diffusion of Contention},
  author={Jeffrey M. Ayres},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={132 - 143}
  • Jeffrey M. Ayres
  • Published 1 November 1999
  • Political Science
  • The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
The Internet has been widely credited with sparking a revolution in everything from consumer shopping habits and the management of stock portfolios to the practice of popular democracy. It is also leaving its mark on the dynamics of popular contention. Political protest traditionally relied heavily on claims makers' gathering in the streets to contest power holders. The Internet is altering this dynamic by electronically promoting the diffusion of protest ideas and tactics efficiently and… 
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