On intentionality and motivation in digital spaces

a response to Flinders and Wood

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Wood and Flinders posit that intentionality and motivation are critical sites of analysis when determining whether an act is, or should be made out to be, political or apolitical. I agree with this assertion—both the intention behind an actor’s act, for example, what motivates the action, must be taken into consideration before such classifications are made. Yet, intentionality and motivation are more complicated and problematic than the authors make them out to be—especially online.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82–89
Number of pages8
JournalDemocratic Theory
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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