Most participatory platforms emphasize a model of weak links (think 'friends of friends') that attract a community just to 'hang out', conveniently for the corporations that exploit our social relationships. Organized networks should be seen in opposition to these social sites and are based on people joining together for a common purpose, building strong-ties among dispersed people, and bringing goal-driven organizing to the internet.

Networks Without a Cause employs net criticism to produce new concepts such as org nets that can scale up out of the blue and bring transformations in the vein of the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt.

Producer: Linda Wallace
Camera and editing: Emile Zile
Special thanks: Margreet Riphagen, Morgan Currie

A trailer for Geert Lovink's book Networks Without a Cause from Polity Press, 2012.

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