Exploring the theme of the putative transformation of political modernity under the impact of "new" media, this book adopts a questioning approach to the ways in which cultural and technological factors are affecting the temper of political life, and reflects the variety of normative thinking about and empirical research on the changing character of politics in mediatized cultures. New Media and Politics examines: the extent to which commercial populism now dominates electoral and other political discourses; the ways in which the functions of leadership, government and political parties are modified by different forms of both old and new media; the democratic or undemocratic import of such changes; and the ways in which the dominant territorial paradigm of politics is challenged by the space and time devouring capacities of electronic media.

The Transformation of Politics or Anti-Politics?

The Transformation of Politics or Anti-Politics?

The transformation of politics or anti-politics?

Transforming Politics?

At the start of a new millennium the language of transformation, sometimes glossed as crisis, is rife. Of course change – whether growth or entropy – comes with the territory, but periodically the spectre or promise of foundational shifts in the organizational principles and modalities of social life diverts us. So it is with politics, where visions of a world in flux or in the throes of epochal change appear in accounts that privilege the ideological completion of Westernized modernity (Fukuyama, 1992) and in those that traffic more visceral and morally taxing predictions about the global future (Barber, 1996; Beck, 2000; Gray, 1998; Virilio and Lotinger, 1997). Even in the rude domain ...

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