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Democracy and New Media : Media in Transition - Henry Jenkins

Democracy and New Media

Media in Transition

By: Henry Jenkins (Editor), David Thorburn (Editor), Edward Barrett (Editor)

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Digital technology is changing our politics. The World Wide Web is already a powerful influence on the public's access to government documents, the tactics and content of political campaigns, the behavior of voters, the efforts of activists to circulate their messages, and the ways in which topics enter the public discourse. The essays collected here capture the richness of current discourse about democracy and cyberspace. Some contributors offer front-line perspectives on the impact of emerging technologies on politics, journalism, and civic experience. What happens, for example, when we increase access to information or expand the arena of free speech? Other contributors place our shifting understanding of citizenship in historical context, suggesting that notions of cyber-democracy and online community must grow out of older models of civic life. Still others consider the global flow of information and test our American conceptions of cyber-democracy against developments in other parts of the world. How, for example, do new media operate in Castro's Cuba, in post-apartheid South Africa, and in the context of multicultural debates on the Pacific Rim? For some contributors, the new technologies endanger our political culture; for others, they promise civic renewal.

Series Forewordp. ix
Introduction: The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracyp. 1
How Democratic Is Cyberspace?
Technologies of Freedom?p. 21
Which Technology and Which Democracy?p. 33
Click Here for Democracy: A History and Critique of an Information-Based Model of Citizenshipp. 49
Growing a Democratic Culture: John Commons on the Wiring of Civil Societyp. 61
Reports of the Close Relationship between Democracy and the Internet May Have Been Exaggeratedp. 69
Are Virtual and Democratic Communities Feasible?p. 85
Who Needs Politics? Who Needs People? The Ironies of Democracy in Cyberspacep. 101
Democracy and Cyberspace: First Principlesp. 113
Digital Democracy and the New Age of Reasonp. 133
Voting, Campaigns, and Elections in the Future: Looking Back from 2008p. 143
Global Developments
Democracy and New Media in Developing Nations: Opportunities and Challengesp. 171
Will the Internet Spoil Fidel Castro's Cuba?p. 179
Ethnic Diversity, "Race," and the Cultural Political Economy of Cyberspacep. 203
Documenting Democratization: New Media Practices in Post-Apartheid South Africap. 225
News and Information in the Digital Age
The Frequencies of Public Writing: Tomb, Tome, and Time as Technologies of the Publicp. 247
Journalism in a Digital Agep. 271
Hypertext and Journalism: Audiences Respond to Competing News Narrativesp. 281
Beyond the Global and the Local: Media Systems and Journalism in the Global Network Paradigmp. 309
Resource Journalism: A Model for New Mediap. 331
What Is Information? The Flow of Bits and the Control of Chaosp. 343
That Withered Paradigm: The Web, the Expert and the Information Hegemonyp. 365
Contributorsp. 373
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780262600637
ISBN-10: 0262600633
Series: Media in Transition
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 397
Published: 17th September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 18.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.76