Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times

In an age of proliferating media and information assets, who has the ability to outline fact? whilst the dominant media declared the lifestyles of WMDs in Iraq, did that make it a truth? this day, the "Social Web" (sometimes often called internet 2.0, groupware, or the participatory web)--epitomized by way of blogs, viral movies, and YouTube--creates new pathways for truths to emerge and makes attainable new strategies for media activism. In electronic Media and Democracy, best students in media and communique stories, media activists, newshounds, and artists discover the contradiction on the center of the connection among fact and tool this present day: the truth that the novel democratization of information and multiplication of resources and voices made attainable by way of electronic media coexists with the blatant falsification of knowledge via political and company powers. The booklet maps a brand new electronic media panorama that includes citizen journalism, The day-by-day exhibit, running a blog, and replacement media. The members speak about wide questions of media and politics, supply nuanced analyses of switch in journalism, and adopt specific examinations of using web-based media in shaping political and social activities. The chapters comprise not just essays through famous media students but additionally interviews with such reporters and media activists as Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Media concerns host Robert McChesney, and Hassan Ibrahim of Al Jazeera.

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Such developments illustrate what Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the Web, termed in 1999 “intercreativity”—collaborative creative work made possible through the adoption of digital media technologies. For Berners-Lee, the Web was never intended to be about delivering content to passive audiences, but to be about shared creativity. Twentiethcentury media were pretty much produced in one place by some people and consumed in other places by other people. For the most part, you didn’t go to CNN’s studios to watch the news, and for the most part, they didn’t come to your place to produce the news.

Goodman reiterates: Introduction 35 “Media consolidation. Media concentration. It’s a tremendous threat. The more radio stations and TV stations that are owned by just a few corporations—that is the greatest threat to a democratic society. . The Clear Channeling of America has to be challenged. ” Fernandes emphasizes media justice: We don’t only need to work on simply taking media out of corporate hands. Because simply taking it out of corporate hands means that we’ll most likely fall into elite white hands.

Cause we need the slick production of MTV to win over all our highschoolers. ” Alternative media seeks to feature the voices of the public, of communities, those not usually represented in corporate media. In Amy Goodman’s words, People are experts on their own lives. And that’s the power of [grassroots media]. That’s when people take hope. I always find it amazing, in the most difficult situations we cover, that people feel hopeful. They don’t get overwhelmed by it. But there’s something about hearing about someone doing something about something—it’s not just about the problem, it’s about how people are responding to it, that ultimately is hopeful.

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