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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262600637
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Media in Transition
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Jenkins is Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California.

He is the coeditor of From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games (MIT Press, 1998).

David Thorburn is Professor of Literature and Director of the Communications Forum at MIT.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
1 Introduction: The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy 1
2 Technologies of Freedom? 21
3 Which Technology and Which Democracy? 33
4 Click Here for Democracy: A History and Critique of an Information-Based Model of Citizenship 49
5 Growing a Democratic Culture: John Commons on the Wiring of Civil Society 61
6 Reports of the Close Relationship between Democracy and the Internet May Have Been Exaggerated 69
7 Are Virtual and Democratic Communities Feasible? 85
8 Who Needs Politics? Who Needs People? The Ironies of Democracy in Cyberspace 101
9 Democracy and Cyberspace: First Principles 113
10 Digital Democracy and the New Age of Reason 133
11 Voting, Campaigns, and Elections in the Future: Looking Back from 2008 143
12 Democracy and New Media in Developing Nations: Opportunities and Challenges 171
13 Will the Internet Spoil Fidel Castro's Cuba? 179
14 Ethnic Diversity, "Race," and the Cultural Political Economy of Cyberspace 203
15 Documenting Democratization: New Media Practices in Post-Apartheid South Africa 225
16 The Frequencies of Public Writing: Tomb, Tome, and Time as Technologies of the Public 247
17 Journalism in a Digital Age 271
18 Hypertext and Journalism: Audiences Respond to Competing News Narratives 281
19 Beyond the Global and the Local: Media Systems and Journalism in the Global Network Paradigm 309
20 Resource Journalism: A Model for New Media 331
21 What Is Information? The Flow of Bits and the Control of Chaos 343
22 The Withered Paradigm: The Web, the Expert and the Information Hegemony 365
Contributors 373
Index 377
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