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Now I know who my comrades are : voices from the Internet underground

Author: Emily Parker
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Provides on-the-ground accounts of how the Internet is transforming lives in China, Cuba, and Russia. It's a new phenomenon, but one that's already brought about significant political change. In 2011 ordinary Egyptians, many armed with little more than mobile phones, helped topple a thirty-year-old dictatorship. It was an extraordinary moment in modern history--and Now I Know Who My Comrades Are takes us beyond the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Parker
ISBN: 9780374176952 0374176957 0374709343 9780374709341 9780374535513 0374535515
OCLC Number: 863631998
Description: ix 306 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: China (isolation) : "Now I know who my comrades are" ; "Chinese people don't read personal stories" ; "I support the Party ... but what about other people?" ; "My world was so small" ; "I thought, I can really control the world" ; "Put any good guy in a bad system, and he will act very bad" ; "Nothing is impossible to a willing heart" ; "The people won't forget you, history won't forget you!" ; "Who are our enemies? Who are our friends?" ; "I tried to organize" ; "I speak in complicated sentences that my comrades can understand" ; "I express what they want to say but cannot write down" ; "I've been scared all my life" ; "Just like in a jailbreak, there's a hole in the wall" ; "We are like plants without roots" ; "I caused a lot of fights on the Internet" ; "They want to know they are not so lonely on this planet" ; "This is how I imagine the feelings of the guards" ; "You have to play by certain rules" ; "I'm a journalist and I know not to call for action" ; "Twitter is everything about me" ; "If I don't stand up for Zhu Ling, who will stand up for me?" ; "Nobody knows the whole picture" --
Cuba (fear) : "You never know who is who" ; "Resignation became my only comrade" ; "The world knows the name and face of dissidence" ; "You see agents or informers everywhere" ; "I comport myself like a free man" ; "I knew everything was bad, but I had to write that everything was good" ; "The fear of those who learn their lessons through the trauma of others" ; "People have to search for their own voice because they never had one" ; "I want my lawyer, and nada más!" ; "When someone is detained, everyone knows about it" --
Russia (apathy) : "People were silent and kept the constitution over their heads" ; "You have to propose to people the comfortable way of struggle" ; "We have our own words" ; "The problem is that people don't search for it" ; "In Russia, change never comes from the bottom" ; "You can keep silent, you can emigrate, or you can stay here and fight" ; "We didn't apply to the authorities, we appealed to the people" ; "Rights are not given, they are taken" ; "Bloggers have nothing to fear from publicity" ; "No one, including me, believed this was possible in Russia" ; "You cannot be a hero for a long time on the Internet" ; "My country and my life are dependent on what I do" ; "I want to thank you for considering yourself citizens!" ; "So, is it you who is organizing this revolution in Russia?" ; "We exist!"
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In China, a blogger is an Internet censor by day and a government critic by night. In Cuba, the authorities try to silence a critic by planting seeds of distrust in her marriage. In Siberia, a  Read more...

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