The Development of Marxist Theory Online: The Retired Sites Content-Analysis (2010-2015).
Posted: 26 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 25, 2016
Any ideological tradition in our time is trying to go from offline to online. However, many of the "Marxist sites" have a small life. We have selected a few examples of projects that have recently ceased to exist.
Research Question: What are the characteristics of Marxist websites that ceased to exist during the period 2010-2015.
Data and Methodology. We created a database of domains with Marxist names that expired in 2010-2015. Website material was obtained via the web archive. Three independent experts have selected several projects of interest for analysis.Two sites set the task of promotion of the Marxist-Leninist ideology (one Institute and one journal) and one site was dedicated to the biography of Marx.
Results. All three Web site look ambitious. They had a bright decoration in the typical colors of Marxism, many photographs, slides, and animation. No information is showed and did not explain why the owners did not renew domains. Sites had a strong agitation component and represented a radical and uncompromising Marxism. However, they do not contain any incitement to violence, revolution and violent overthrow of the government and put the emphasis on educational programs and legal fight for their rights. Thus, the hypothesis that the sites were closed because of the incitement to violence has not been confirmed. Perhaps to suggest that the owners have lost interest in the ongoing projects and decided to create new projects and ideas.
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