9781137326362

The Political Web Media, Participation and Alternative Democracy

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    9781137326362

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    1137326360

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-09
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

As democracy encounters increasing difficulties, many citizens are turning to the domain of alternative politics, and in so doing, making considerable use of the Web and other new communication technologies. Clearly this is having significant impact, and we see that new modes of political participation and even political cultures are emerging. Yet, we would be foolish to expect some simple 'techno-fix' for democracy; its problems are more complex than that. This volume analyses various factors that shape such Web-facilitated participation, including features of the Web itself as well as broader societal realities. Avoiding simplistic optimism or pessimism, the discussion highlights the tensions and force-fields that impact on participation. The presentation also addresses several key topics in regard to citizens' engagement, such as civic subjectivity, web intellectuals, and cosmopolitanism. While anchored in an extensive literature and wide theoretical vistas, the book is written in a clear and accessible style.

Author Biography

Peter Dahlgren is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Communication and Media at Lund University, Sweden. His work focuses on media and democracy, from the horizons of late modern social and cultural theory. His recent books include Media and Political Engagement (2009), and the co-edited Young People, ICTs and Democracy (2010).

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Snapshots from a Revolt
PART I: POLITICS AND PARTICIPATION ON THE WEB
1. Democracy, Participation, and Media Connections
2. Force-fields of the Web Environment
PART II: EVOLVING FORMS AND PRACTICES
3. Occupy Wall Street: Discursive Strategies and Fields
4. Online Public Intellectuals
5. Web Journalism and Civic Cosmopolitanism: Professional vs. Participatory Ideals
PART III: CRITICAL APPROACHES
6. The Civic Subject and Media-Based Agency
7. Critical Media Research: Something Old, New, and Unfinished
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