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 Citizenship?

The transformation of citizenship?

The Idea of Citizenship

It is all rather new and strange for the British to be considering themselves as citizens. Historically, the British were subjects and that status needed little elaboration. But what does it mean to become a citizen? The current New Labour Secretary of State for Education has resolved that school pupils should be educated for citizenship and schools instructed to teach democracy. But how do you teach people to become democratic citizens? Do you teach them to obey bad laws or to break them? Are good citizens deferential or challenging? When is teaching citizenship about politics and when is it about morality? None of these questions will be answered directly here, although many others have given ...

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