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 Governance?

The transformation of governance?

Mankind in general judge more by their eyes than their hands; for all can see the appearance, but few can touch the reality. Everyone sees what you seem to be, but few discover what you are. (Machiavelli, The Prince)

Have the mass media transformed modern government? Many claim they have. They argue that the mass media are no longer the humble carriers of news, but have become enormously influential players in the political game with independent powers of their own. They can destroy or prolong political careers; they can bring down governments or protect them from criticism. They shape public opinion, set the political agenda and determine the content of public policy. They have changed the role and nature ...

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