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 the Public Sphere?

The transformation of the public sphere?

The Internet as a New Medium of Civic Engagement

When I began to study the Internet in the middle of the 1990s my main interest was in emerging forms of grassroots politics and the way social bonds were created on and through the Internet. I wanted to know how the Net affects non-institutionalized politics. Does it give more room and prominence to new initiatives and new forms of politics, or does the significance of new kinds of political activism get lost in the whimsy of virtuality? As a theoretical framework the concepts of civil society and public sphere served as an appropriate starting-point for my investigation because they define the realm wherein political initiatives from ...

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