Internet as a Tool for Cyberactivism and Mobilizing Real Civil Activity

  • Marieta Hristova University of National and World Economy
Keywords: information influence, power, virtual space, cyberactivism, mobilizing civil activity


We are witnessing a growing trend, different events to become socially significant events when attention is directed to them by generating public energy and developing an active citizenship, using different technology web tools (websites, blogs, chat platforms, sites for social networking and other). Internet becomes a tool for information influence, and skills to participate in the virtual space are the power by which this space is changing and the cyberactivism is built and handled.

The aim of the report is to confirm the hypothesis that the skills to participate in the virtual space are the capital by which this space can be changed, i.e. they are understood as power to change the environment. This statement is based on empirical data from a conducted study. Users who have more online skills and often use them have acquired and mastered instrumental and information skills, and have reached to the so-called strategic skills as well. The latter are essential for full participation in the virtual space and use of the information from this space to handle cyberactivism and to mobilize real civil activity.


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How to Cite
Hristova, M. (2017). Internet as a Tool for Cyberactivism and Mobilizing Real Civil Activity. Postmodernism Problems, 7(3), 269-296. Retrieved from