In an age of proliferating media and information assets, who has the ability to outline fact? whilst the dominant media declared the life of WMDs in Iraq, did that make it a truth? this present day, the "Social net" (sometimes referred to as net 2.0, groupware, or the participatory net) -- epitomized by way of blogs, viral video clips, and YouTube -- creates new pathways for truths to emerge and makes attainable new strategies for media activism. In Digital Media and Democracy, major students in media and verbal exchange experiences, media activists, newshounds, and artists discover the contradiction on the center of the connection among fact and tool at the present time: the truth that the unconventional democratization of data and multiplication of resources and voices made attainable via electronic media coexists with the blatant falsification of data by means of political and company powers. The booklet maps a brand new electronic media panorama that includes citizen journalism, The day-by-day express, running a blog, and substitute media. The individuals talk about extensive questions of media and politics, supply nuanced analyses of switch in journalism, and adopt particular examinations of using web-based media in shaping political and social pursuits. The chapters contain not just essays by way of famous media students but additionally interviews with such newshounds and media activists as Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Media concerns host Robert McChesney, and Hassan Ibrahim of Al Jazeera.
Contributors and intervieweesShaina Anand, Chris Atton, Megan Boler, Axel Bruns, Jodi Dean, Ron Deibert, Deepa Fernandes, Amy Goodman, Brian Holmes, Hassan Ibrahim, Geert Lovink, Nathalie Magnan, Robert McChesney, Graham Meikle, Susan Moeller, Alessandra Renzi, Ricardo Rosas, Trebor Scholz, D. Travers Scott, Rebecca Statzel.