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Expect Us: Online Communities and Political Mobilization

Jessica L. Beyer


Expect Us focuses on four online communities—Anonymous (4chan.org), The Pirate Bay, World of Warcraft, and the IGN.com posting boards. In all of these online communities, members engaged deeply with political issues in a range of ways. However, only two of the communities mobilized politically. If political behavior occurred on all four communities, why did only two of these sites foster political mobilization among their participants, while the other two did not? Using ethnographic methods, Expect Us argues that key structural features about the birthplaces of the four communities shaped the ... More

Keywords: online community, anonymity, regulation, digital rights, information politics, WikiLeaks, Anonymous, The Pirate Bay, World of Warcraft, IGN.com

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199330751
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199330751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica L. Beyer, author
Jackson School for International Studies Center for Global Politics, University of Washington