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 Political Modernity?

The transformation of political modernity?

‘This is not a Protest …’

Recalling a Reclaim the Street demonstration she had taken part in, the author Naomi Klein told of the policeman standing nearby, who had said into his radio: ‘This is not a protest. Over. This is some kind of artistic expression’ (quoted in Select, April 2000: 75). In the same interview, Klein remarks that when political campaigners ‘target a Starbucks or a Nike store, they're in the realm of pop culture. That has a lot more appeal for young people. It becomes fun’ (ibid.: 74). Klein's observations suggest an intimate connection between political and cultural activity, one in which the distinction between the two has become so blurred as to be meaningless. ...

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