Communication Technology

Communication Technology A decade ago when the Internet began to emerge as a popular new mode of communication many political scientists and social commentators surmised that technologies arising from its widespread use wou

  • Title: Communication Technology
  • Author: Darin Barney
  • ISBN: 9780774811835
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • A decade ago, when the Internet began to emerge as a popular new mode of communication, many political scientists and social commentators surmised that technologies arising from its widespread use would revolutionize our democratic institutions Today, voter turnout levels are at historic lows, while Internet usage is at historic highs Can we still make the claim, then, tA decade ago, when the Internet began to emerge as a popular new mode of communication, many political scientists and social commentators surmised that technologies arising from its widespread use would revolutionize our democratic institutions Today, voter turnout levels are at historic lows, while Internet usage is at historic highs Can we still make the claim, then, that new information and communication technologies ICTs enhance democratic life in Canada In fact, what effect is the increasing mediation of political communication by ICTs having on the practice of Canadian politics How have such digital technologies affected the distribution of power in Canadian society In Communication Technology, Darin Barney investigates the links between ICTs and our democratic processes Framing his discussion around the Canadian Democratic Audit s central concerns of inclusiveness, public participation, and responsiveness, Barney argues that the potential of ICTs to contribute to a democratic political system will remain largely untapped unless the conventional dimensions of Canadian politics, the economy, and modes of governance are re oriented.A highly original volume of the Canadian Democratic Audit, Communication Technology poses some provocative questions about the state of Canadian democracy and the place of ICTs in shaping and improving it Students of political science and media studies, as well as those with an interest in understanding the activist potential of ICTs will find this book particularly compelling.

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