Platform Communism - Joss Hands

In recent years we have seen an increasing reliance on new forms of social media platform to coordinate and augment political movements around the world, often short-circuiting  traditional means of corporate and state control. In the same period we have seen a widespread revival in the currency of the the ‘idea of communism’ being consciously rehabilitated by a number of thinkers such as Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou and numerous others. This paper looks to the relationship between these two tendencies and asks whether there might be such a thing as a ‘platform communism’, what this might look like and what confronts its realisation.


Joss Hands is reader in media and critical theory at Anglia Ruskin University where he is director of the Anglia Research Centre in Media and Culture, he is author of ‘@ is For Activism: Dissent Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture’ from Pluto Press, 2011.