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 Communication?

The Transformation of Political Communication?

The transformation of political communication?

Introduction: The Question of Communicative Transformation Revisited

From the core countries of the global economy to the emerging democracies of the former ‘second’ and ‘third’ worlds, from the top ranks of government and business to the grassroots networks of civil society, political communication is being transformed by global processes of liberalization and deregulation and by the diffusion of new media technologies. Intensifying and unleashing forces of media commercialization and conglomeration, these processes are giving rise to a series of general tendencies at the level of national politics – altering the ways in which social actors and issues are represented in the mass media, the ways in which political actors attempt to communicate with one another as well ...

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