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Democracy and Media Decadence

Democracy and Media Decadence

by John Keane
Democracy and Media Decadence

Democracy and Media Decadence

by John Keane


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We live in a revolutionary age of communicative abundance in which many media innovations - from satellite broadcasting to smart glasses and electronic books - spawn great fascination mixed with excitement. In the field of politics, hopeful talk of digital democracy, cybercitizens and e-government has been flourishing. This book admits the many thrilling ways that communicative abundance is fundamentally altering the contours of our lives and of our politics, often for the better. But it asks whether too little attention has been paid to the troubling counter-trends, the decadent media developments that encourage public silence and concentrations of unlimited power, so weakening the spirit and substance of democracy. Exploring examples of clever government surveillance, market censorship, spin tactics and back-channel public relations, John Keane seeks to understand and explain these trends, and how best to deal with them. Tackling some tough but big and fateful questions, Keane argues that 'media decadence' is deeply harmful for public life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107041776
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Pages: 261
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy, John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). Among his best-known recent books are Global Civil Society? (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Violence and Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and the highly-acclaimed The Life and Death of Democracy (2009).

Table of Contents

1. Communicative abundance; 2. Monitory democracy; 3. Media decadence; 4. Democracy's opponents; 5. Why freedom of public communication?

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