Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times

In an age of proliferating media and information resources, who has the ability to outline truth? while the dominant media declared the life of WMDs in Iraq, did that make it a truth? this present day, the "Social Web" (sometimes referred to as 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, major students in media and conversation stories, media activists, reporters, and artists discover the contradiction on the middle of the connection among fact and gear at the present time: the truth that the novel democratization of information and multiplication of assets and voices made attainable by means of electronic media coexists with the blatant falsification of data via political and company powers. The publication maps a brand new electronic media panorama that includes citizen journalism, The day-by-day express, running a blog, and replacement media. The members talk about wide questions of media and politics, supply nuanced analyses of switch in journalism, and adopt targeted examinations of using web-based media in shaping political and social hobbies. The chapters contain not just essays via famous media students but additionally interviews with such reporters and media activists as Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Media issues host Robert McChesney, and Hassan Ibrahim of Al Jazeera.

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Instead of reading the “multiplication of resistances” as leading nowhere—and merely representing what Dean calls “communicative capitalism”—it is more productive to recognize the contradictory nature of viral communications. In an age of spectacle and complicity, tactical interventions are often simultaneously recuperated by dominant power while still functioning to shift and modulate perceptions and representations within the dominant culture. As Wark Introduction 25 described in 1994 in Virtual Geography, “The criticisms, even good ones, are part of the same matrix of relations as produced the spectacle of the Gulf War in the first place.

In an age of spectacle and complicity, tactical interventions are often simultaneously recuperated by dominant power while still functioning to shift and modulate perceptions and representations within the dominant culture. As Wark Introduction 25 described in 1994 in Virtual Geography, “The criticisms, even good ones, are part of the same matrix of relations as produced the spectacle of the Gulf War in the first place. . Both the dangers and our ability to do anything about it tie in to our everyday experience of the vector” (1994: 6).

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. Deepa Fernandes frames it more specifically, I think there’s also a tendency in community media to kind of make a platform for the most often heard voices on the Left or in progressive communities. And that’s very important and we Introduction 27 absolutely need that because in some way they’re the leaders on this side.

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