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Digital Media and Democracy : Tactics in Hard Times - Megan Boler

Digital Media and Democracy

Tactics in Hard Times

By: Megan Boler (Editor, As told to), Andrea Schmidt (As told to), Alessandra Renzi (As told to), Nathalie Magnan (As told to)


Published: 30th September 2010
For Ages: 18+ years old
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In an age of proliferating media and news sources, who has the power to define reality? When the dominant media declared the existence of WMDs in Iraq, did that make it a fact? Today, the "social web" (sometimes known as Web 2.0, groupware, or the participatory Web)--epitomized by blogs, viral videos, and YouTube--creates new pathways for truths to emerge and makes possible new tactics for media activism. In "Digital Media and Democracy, " leading scholars in media and communication studies, media activists, journalists, and artists explore the contradiction at the heart of the relationship between truth and power today: the fact that the radical democratization of knowledge and multiplication of sources and voices made possible by digital media coexists with the blatant falsification of information by political and corporate powers. The book maps a new digital media landscape that features citizen journalism, "The Daily Show, " blogging, and alternative media. The contributors discuss broad questions of media and politics, offer nuanced analyses of change in journalism, and undertake detailed examinations of the use of Web-based media in shaping political and social movements. The chapters include not only essays by noted media scholars but also interviews with such journalists and media activists as Amy Goodman of Democracy Now , "Media Matters" host Robert McChesney, and Hassan Ibrahim of Al Jazeera. Contributors and Interviewees: Shaina Anand, Chris Atton, Megan Boler, Axel Bruns, Jodi Dean, Ron J. Deibert, Deepa Fernandes, Amy Goodman, Brian Holmes, Hassan Ibrahim, Geert Lovink, Nathalie Magnan, Robert McChesney, Graham Meikle, Susan D. Moeller, Alessandra Renzi, Ricardo Rosas, Andrea Schmidt, Trebor Scholz, D. Travers Scott, R. Sophie Statzel, Stephen Turpin.

Digital Media and Democracy's distinctive value lies in Boler's effort to balance traditional scholarly issues with more practical, activist concerns...This volume offers a rare engagement with decidedly practical political concerns, addressed it seems, as much to activists as to academics...Useful and insightful.

-Michael A. Xenos, Information Communication and Society

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Shape of Publicsp. 51
New Media and Global Capitalism
The State of the Mediap. 53
The Space of Tactical Mediap. 71
Communicative Capitalismp. 101
Circulation and the Foreclosure of Politics
Toward Open and Dense Networksp. 123
An Interview with Geert Lovink
Black Code Reduxp. 137
Censorship, Surveillance, and the Militarization of Cyberspace
The Changing Face of News Mediap. 165
Media and Democracyp. 167
Democracy on the Airwavesp. 197
Alternative Media Theory and Journalism Practicep. 213
Community Radio, Access, and Media Justicep. 229
Gatewatching, Gatecrashingp. 247
Futures for Tactical News Media
Tempests of the Blogospherep. 271
Presidential Campaign Stories That Failed to Ignite Mainstream Media
Al Jazeera Englishp. 301
An Interview with Hassan Ibrahim
Tactics in Actionp. 321
Media Interventions and Art Practicesp. 323
The Gambiarrap. 343
Considerations on a Recombinatory Technology
Where the Activism Isp. 355
Whacking Bushp. 367
Tactical Media as Play
The Daily Show and Crossfirep. 383
Cybersupremacyp. 405
The New Face and Form of White Supremacist Activism
Re-visioning the State of The Mediap. 429
Concluding Interview and Commentary
Contributorsp. 437
Indexp. 441
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ISBN: 9780262514897
ISBN-10: 0262514893
Series: MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 30th September 2010
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.7