Democracy and New Media (Media in Transition)

By Henry Jenkins

Digital expertise is altering our politics. the realm huge net is already a robust impact at the public's entry to executive files, the strategies and content material of political campaigns, the habit of citizens, the efforts of activists to movement their messages, and the ways that issues input the general public discourse. The essays accrued right here trap the richness of present discourse approximately democracy and our on-line world. a few individuals provide front-line views at the effect of rising applied sciences on politics, journalism, and civic adventure. What occurs, for instance, after we elevate entry to details or extend the world of loose speech? different individuals position our transferring realizing of citizenship in old context, suggesting that notions of cyber-democracy and on-line group needs to develop out of older versions of civic existence. nonetheless others think about the worldwide move of knowledge and attempt our American conceptions of cyber-democracy opposed to advancements in different elements of the area. How, for instance, do new media function in Castro's Cuba, in post-apartheid South Africa, and within the context of multicultural debates at the Pacific Rim? For a few participants, the recent applied sciences endanger our political tradition; for others, they promise civic renewal.

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