Micropolitics is the use of power to achieve a goal within an organization. How can this concept come into play outside of what we see as an organisation?
Micropolitics play a role in society and media use. We use our power to achieve our goals, but our goals are not always beneficial. Manning (2009) says that affective politics are not moral politics. What influences society is not always seen as right.
Just as the earth is polluted by chemicals and global warming becomes a concern, micropoliticians rise up to stand against the destruction of the planet. Protesters rally in the streets, and sometimes riots ensue, chaos occurs. These micropoliticans are not doing anything wrong in their own eyes, they are fighting for a cause, but to society, they are perpetuating violence.
Take P2P networks – used on a worldwide scale. They are used for a purpose and a benefit, but are deemed immoral because they more often than not, break the law. They promote piracy and stealing, but the micropoliticians at the heart of these networks use the power of their connectedness to promote sharing and free flow of information.
One last example. Only a few weeks ago a video was posted to YouTube where a bigger schoolboy was retaliating against a smaller bully who was abusing him. Both boys were suspended from school. This conduct, posting fights on the internet is anti-social behaviour, but many in the community see this incident as a wake up call to the presence of bullying in schools. The school as an organisation, and the boys as micropoliticians, saw a position of power being used by the bigger boy to achieve a goal which may have been ‘immoral’, but benefited a wider community.
Throughout society, we are faced with obstacles which can be overcome by a collective power of change. Whether it’s global warming, or violence, a politics without barriers allows us to achieve goals that may be beneficial to society, and this micropolitical mindset helps us understand the purpose behind this.
Manning, E (2009) ‘From Biopolitics to the Biogram, or How Leni Riefenstahl Moves through Fascism’ in Relationscapes