11 December 2018

Paradoxes of participation: Democracy and the internet in Russia 1991–2018

The nascent internet played a key role in defeating the military coup in Russia in 1991, writes Andrei Soldatov. However, the democratic promise of the web was never fulfilled. In the 2000s, it became a means of escape for a disaffected middle class closed out of the political process. The failed protest wave of 2011–2012 bore the mark of this ‘lost decade’. Meanwhile, in the era of political trolling, online participation has come to mean something very different.

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History beneath the soil

‘Blätter’ features Richard Sennett on open and closed cities; ‘Soundings’ analyses Britain’s Churchill complex; ‘La Revue nouvelle’ discusses Belgium’s buried history of WWI; ‘L’Homme’ fills gender gaps in centennial historiography; ‘Glänta’ considers truth, truths and modern lies; ‘il Mulino’ looks at perceptions and realities in Italy; and ‘New Humanist’ confronts scientific dogmas, phobias and prejudices.

Many written trees

‘Revista Crítica’ marks forty years of interdisciplinary publishing; ‘Host’ talks about organized corruption and interference in the arts; ‘Index on Censorship’ profiles global journalism in the age of unreason; ‘New Eastern Europe’ explores the ambiguities of 1918; ‘Akadeemia’ appeals for concord and constitutionalism; ‘Esprit’ contemplates a Europe without Christianity; and ‘Springerin’ reflects on paradoxes of progress.

Aimless faffing and similar practices

‘Wespennest’ offers help; ‘Vikerkaar’ gets bored; ‘Critique & Humanism’ examines the narrative of Russian meddling; ‘2000’ remembers the ’68 that never was; and ‘Multitudes’ discusses blockchain and the end of capitalism.

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