By Zizi A. Papacharissi
Online applied sciences excite the general public mind's eye with narratives of democratization. the web is a political medium, borne of democracy, yet is it democratizing?
Late sleek democracies are characterised by means of civic apathy, public skepticism, disillusionment with politics, and normal disinterest in traditional political procedure. And but, public curiosity in running a blog, on-line information, net-based activism, collaborative information filtering, and on-line networking show an citizens that's not disinterested, yet quite, fatigued with political conventions of the mainstream.
This e-book examines how on-line electronic media form and are formed by means of modern democracies, via addressing the next issues:
- How do on-line applied sciences remake how we functionality as electorate in modern democracies?
- What occurs to our figuring out of private and non-private as digitalized democracies converge applied sciences, areas and practices?
- How do electorate of at the present time comprehend and perform their civic obligations, and the way do they evaluate to voters of the past?
- How do discourses of globalization, commercialization and convergence tell audience/producer, citizen/consumer, personal/political, public/private roles participants needs to take on?
- Are ensuing political behaviors atomized or collective?
- Is there a public sphere anymore, and if now not, what version of civic engagement expresses present developments and tensions best?
Students and students of media experiences, political technological know-how, and important thought will locate this to be a clean engagement with essentially the most very important questions dealing with democracies today.
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Castells (2000) understands network societies as the product of the following interrelated char acteristics: (a) technologies that act on information, as opposed to information to act on technology; (b) a pervasiveness of new tech nology effects; (c) the networking logic behind the systems driving informddon technologies; (d) flexibility; and (e) the convergence of technologies into a highly integrated system (pp. 70—1). The inter actions of a network society, whether of economic, socio-cultural, political, or combined origin, take place within a networked spatial terrain that enables synchronicity and elasticity in communication without physical proximity, which Castells (2000) terms the space offlows.
The result is a diversification of production platforms but a centralization of the production process, potentially leading to formulaic productions of content. Jenkins (2006a) points to global reality hit American Idol as one such illus tration of a cross-promotional giobalized marketing apparatus for a variety of associated media and non-media products, all circulated through the converged context of reality TV and centrally admin istered by the organization entity owning the show and collateral ventures.
The political becomes even more elusive in the context of converged media and the converged expression these media afford. Concurrently, as the shift towards consensus politics minimizes ideological differences among parties, political factions become voter-oriented rather than member-oriented (Dahlgren, 2009), thus further removing ideol. ogy from that which we define as political. Convere4 Media, I LLiaIIi1 The cultural logic behind this global trend of constant revolution and subsequent adjustment has been described as liquid modernity (Bauman, 2005) or reflexivity (Giddens, 1990).
A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age by Zizi A. Papacharissi