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Digital Media and Democratic Futures
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Digital Media and Democratic Futures

Edited by Michael X. Delli Carpini

352 pages | 6 x 9 | 21 illus.
Cloth 2019 | ISBN 9780812251166 | $69.95s | Outside the Americas £56.00
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A volume in the series Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism
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"A substantial, unique, and much needed contribution to our understanding of media, politics, and policy. Inspired and comprehensive in its approach, Digital Media and Democratic Futures offers a set of fresh and original questions answered by innovative thinkers."—Zizi Papacharissi, University of Illinois, Chicago

"Digital Media and Democratic Futures forges new lines of interdisciplinary research. Editor Michael X. Delli Carpini and the book's contributors identify the stakes in digital politics and describe the relationships between disparate phenomena, from the Internet of Things to Black Lives Matter."—David Karpf, George Washington University

The revolution in digital communications has altered the relationship between citizens and political elites, with important implications for democracy. As new information ecosystems have evolved, as unforeseen examples of their positive and negative consequences have emerged, and as theorizing, data, and research methods have expanded and improved, the central question has shifted from if the digital information environment is good or bad for democratic politics to how and in what contexts particular attributes of this environment are having an influence. It is only through the careful analysis of specific cases that we can begin to build a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the role of digital media in democratic theory and practice.

The essays in Digital Media and Democratic Futures focus on a variety of information and communication technologies, politically relevant actors, substantive issues, and digital political practices, doing so from distinct theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Individually, each of these case studies provides deep insights into the complex and context-dependent relationship between media and democracy. Collectively, they show that there is no single outcome for democracy in the digital age, only a range of possible futures.

Contributors: Rena Bivens, Michael X. Delli Carpini, Jennifer Earl, Thomas Elliott, Deen Freelon, Kelly Gates, Philip N. Howard, Daniel Kreiss, Ting Luo, Helen Nissenbaum, Beth Simone Noveck, Jennifer Pan, Lisa Poggiali, Daniela Stockmann.

Michael X. Delli Carpini is Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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