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Cultures of AnyoneStudies on Cultural Democratization in the Spanish Neoliberal Crisis$
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Luis Moreno-Caballud

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381939

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381939.001.0001

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Internet Cultures as Collaborative Creation of Value

Internet Cultures as Collaborative Creation of Value

(p.137) Chapter 4 Internet Cultures as Collaborative Creation of Value
Cultures of Anyone

Luis Moreno-Caballud

, Linda Grabner
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines some collaborative modes of value production in digital cultures. It first looks at the cyberactivist campaigns begun in protest against the so-called Sinde Law (2009) that limited online sharing practices. It then considers how job insecurity drove many people, especially young people, to turn to the Internet where they could collaboratively cultivate their abilities to create value. It also discusses the importance of the dual tradition of defense of freedom and defense of online equality, along with the emergence of ‘active publics’ around the mass cultures of the digital age as breeding grounds for the appearance of a democratic, participative Web in Spain. Finally, it analyzes the latent tensions and contradictions between between liberal politics and its individualist conception of society, and collaborative cultures that expose liberal institutions' inability to guarantee a true democracy.

Keywords:   digital culture, Sinde Law, Internet, freedom, online equality, active publics, mass culture, liberal politics, collaborative culture, democracy

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