Introduction: WikiLeaks as a New Form of Activism
As an electronic whistle-blower platform with global reach, WikiLeaks poses a unique challenge to state and commercial institutions. Yet, its efforts to galvanize the public have met with uneven success. To understand why, and to appreciate WikiLeaks’ significance as an expression of counterpower, it is necessary to consider the informational and communicative paradoxes the group faces. These paradoxes must be examined in relation to the contingencies and longer-term political and economic trends affecting WikiLeaks’ fortunes, and the shifting strategies the group has pursued over time. Attention to these matters provides insight into the nature of the networked, post-truth media environment and the challenges it poses to activists today.
KeywordsRevelations News State power Counterpower Paradoxes
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