- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- The challenges of ICTs
- The ICT paradigm
- Markets and policies in new knowledge economies
- Globalization of the ICT labour force
- Productivity and ICTs: A review of the evidence
- Economic policy analysis and the internet: Coming to terms with a telecommunications anomaly
- Internet diffusion and the geography of the digital divide in the United States
- The economics of ICTs: Building blocks and implications
- On confronting some common myths of is strategy discourse
- Information technology sourcing: Fifteen years of learning
- ICT, organizations, and networks
- Information technology and the dynamics of organizational change
- Making sense of ICT, new media, and ethics
- Electronic networks, power, and democracy
- E‐democracy: The history and future of an idea
- Communicative entitlements and democracy: The future of the digital divide debate
- Governance and state organization in the digital era
- Privacy protection and ICT: Issues, instruments, and concepts
- Surveillance, power, and everyday life
- New media literacies: At the intersection of technical, cultural, and discursive knowledges
- Youthful experts? A critical appraisal of children's emerging internet literacy
- The interrelations between online and offline: Questions, issues, and implications
- ICTs and political movements
- ICTs and communities in the twentyfirst century: Challenges and perspectives
- ICTs and inequality: Net gains for women?
Abstract and Keywords
The post-Athenian democratic relationship, in which political representatives speak for the absent demos and media gatekeepers translate between the intimate sphere of individualized experience and the impersonal, public sphere in which strangers must live together as citizens, is blighted by inevitable problems of miscommunication. Political representatives are accused of being ‘out of touch’ and not listening to the public. The media are blamed for being simplistic, cynical, and sensationalist. The public are depicted as lacking the attentiveness, political literacy, and moral energy required of active citizens. There is a powerful desire for more effective communicative structures, techniques, and technologies that can facilitate the free spread of information and unrestricted communication between citizens. The purpose of this article is to explore ways in which, theoretically and empirically, new digital media technologies can support the norms and practices of democratic political communication.
Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. His most recently published books are: (with Jay G. Blumler) The Internet and Democratic Citizenship: Theory; Practice; Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2009), (with Karen Ross) The Media and the Public: ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ in Media Discourse (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and (with Peter Shane, eds) Connected Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). His next book, exploring the affective and aesthetic dimensions of democratic engagement, is to be published by Cambridge University Press.
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