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Polityka nie istnieje Media społecznościowe i symulakrum
Politics Does Not Exist Social Media and Simulacrum

Author(s): Miłosz Markiewicz
Subject(s): Communication studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The author analyses situations that reveal how politics has moved to the virtual space. As a result of this transfer, the field of practicing politics is not widening; on the contrary – a specific transfer takes place, which makes the material dimension of the political space unrealistic. The actions and statements of politicians in social media have real effects in material reality. Citizens’ political life is also being transferred to the virtual space. Recalling the concept of Jean Baudrillard, we can recognize that this shift has turned politics into its simulacrum. According to the ontology of digital content, especially in terms of the possibility of removing the content from the internet, as well as the simulacrity of virtually practiced politics, the author proposes the concept of non-presence to diagnose hyperrealist politics and civic slacktivism (Evgeny Morozov). The author indicates that such politics becomes an instrument of bio-power, controlling the activity of civil society.

  • Page Range: 111-127
  • Page Count: 17
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish