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In an age of proliferating media and information resources, who has the facility to outline truth? whilst the dominant media declared the life of WMDs in Iraq, did that make it a truth? at the present time, the "Social Web" (sometimes often called internet 2.0, groupware, or the participatory web)--epitomized through 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, prime students in media and verbal exchange reviews, media activists, reporters, and artists discover the contradiction on the middle of the connection among fact and tool this day: the truth that the novel democratization of information and multiplication of resources and voices made attainable through electronic media coexists with the blatant falsification of data by way of political and company powers. The e-book maps a brand new electronic media panorama that includes citizen journalism, The day-by-day convey, running a blog, and substitute media. The members speak about wide questions of media and politics, supply nuanced analyses of swap in journalism, and adopt specific examinations of using web-based media in shaping political and social activities. The chapters contain not just essays by means of 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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The third section, “Tactics in Action,” offers close, critical studies of how Web-based media are being used in creative and political ways to create counterpublics and shape political and social movements. The essays here analyze the impact of diverse social Web practices and tactical media: uses of the Internet, blogs, discussion forums, as well as counterpublics spawned by The Daily Show. How are media used to forward marginalized or unpopular views, intended to counter dominant and mainstream news coverage of events?

There is a significant disconnect between politics circulating as content and official politics. Today, the circulation of content in the dense, intensive networks of global communications relieves top-level actors (corporate, institutional, and governmental) from the obligation to respond. Rather than responding to messages sent by activists and critics, they counter with their own contributions to the circulating flow of communications, hoping that sufficient volume (whether in terms of number of contributions or the spectacular nature of a contribution) will give their contributions dominance or stickiness.

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. And that doesn’t bring in the huge diversity that exists, that is what we actually need.

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