Unit 2 Powers and Counter-powers

The documents gathered in this unit highlight several types of powers and counter-powers: opposition to political power (Greenpeace), the “fifth power” (the digital age), the power of money (Welcome to the 21st century), the ountervailing power of digital networks (WikiLeaks) and that of improvised citizen movements (flash mobs), the “fourth power” (the press, the media, the cinema) etc.

Notion : Places and forms of power

Key question : To what extent are counter powers growing in influence?

Other angles of view :
Spaces and exchanges -To what extent can the Internet be considered as a place of exchanges?
Idea of progress – Are counter-powers a threat for social cohesion?