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WikiLeaks Affects: Ideology, Conflict and the Revolutionary Virtual

Athina Karatzogianni, University of Hull


The chapter focuses on the public feelings over WikiLeaks, and demonstrates how affect and emotion, in conjunction with digital culture and the social media, enabled shifts in the political. I am using the WikiLeaks controversy, and the storm of public feelings it generated, in order to demonstrate how affective flows can snowball into a revolutionary shift in reality. The order of theoretical sampling and analysis begins with a philosophical discussion of the role of affective structures in mediating the actual and the digital virtual. It then moves on to the interface between ideology and organization in WikiLeaks, as an example of ideological tensions producing affect in relation to that organization. Further, I discuss the interface between hierarchy and networks, such as activist networks against states and global institutions, in order to examine the interfaces between emotion and affect, as the expressive (Shaviro 2010:2) causes and the driving engine behind revolts and uprisings.

Suggested Citation

Karatzogianni, Athina 'WikiLeaks Affects: Ideology, Conflict and the Revolutionary Virtual' in Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technological Change eds Athina Karatzogianni and Adi Kuntsman, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012