- Introduction: Communication in the Networked Age
- Networks and Information Flow: The Second Golden Age
- Rebooting Mass Communication: Using Computational and Network Tools to Rebuild Media Theory
- Partition-Specific Network Analysis of Digital Trace Data: Research Questions and Tools
- How Can Computational Social Science Motivate the Development of Theories, Data, and Methods to Advance Our Understanding of Communication and Organizational Dynamics?
- The New Dynamics of Organizational Change
- Online Communication by Emergency Responders during Crisis Events
- Gender and Networks in Virtual Worlds
- The Analysis of Social Capital in Digital Environments: A Social Investment Approach
- Multiplying the Medium: Tie Strength, Social Role, and Mobile Media Multiplexity
- Modeling and Measuring Deliberation Online
- Introduction to Section IV: Political Communication and Behavior: Political Communication Research in a Networked World
- Moving Beyond Sentiment Analysis: Social Media and Emotions in Political Communication
- A Satisficing Search Model of Text Production
- Studying Networked Communication in the Middle East: Social Disrupter and Social Observatory
- Mobile Space and Agility as the Subversive Partner
- One Foot on the Streets, One Foot on the Web: Analyzing the Ecosystem of Protest Movements in an Era of Pervasive Digital Communication
- Our Stage, Our Streets: Brooklyn Drag and the Queer Imaginary
- Research on Mobile Phone Data in the Global South: Opportunities and Challenges
- Digital Trace Data and Social Research: A Proactive Research Ethics
- A Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Web Data Collection
- Responsible Research on Social Networks: Dilemmas and Solutions
- Unintended Consequences of Using Digital Methods in Difficult Research Environments
- Ethical Issues in Internet Research: The Case of China
- Conclusion: The Past and Future of Communication Research
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter links long-standing normative, conceptual, and empirical issues regarding the theory and practice of citizen engagement to recent research developments. It first unpacks the definition of “democratic engagement” and its presumed requisites and attributes. Next the chapter explores the role of communication in the formation of these requisites and attributes, as well as their expression. It then turns to the question “What do we know?,” arguing that for a variety of reasons, the answer is a complicated and ultimately a disappointing one. Finally, the chapter discusses how developments in information and communication technologies are changing both the process of political engagement and the ways we study it, as exemplified by the chapters in this section.
Michael X. Delli Carpini, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
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