Abstract - The Information Society 22(1)

Internet Galaxy Meets Postnational Constellation: Prospects for Political Solidarity after the Internet

Catherine Frost

Might online social relations play a role in the rise of political solidarities sufficient to support a democratic postnationalist project? As things currently stand it does not appear that the Internet supports either the commitment or cohesiveness needed to underpin a demanding new mode of social and political relations. Looking at factors such as conceptions of community and social interaction, systems of meaning, political engagement, and social inclusivity can help us assess the question. The exercise suggests that while the Internet may be a factor in change, it may not yield the kind of change many are anticipating. This finding raises doubts concerning the postnationalist hope that new social and political bonds will help ground transnational project such as the EU.


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