Thursday, April 12
DEMOCRACY


OFFLINE READING

TEXT:

  • Reading 9-1: Media Participation: A Legitimizing Mechanism of Mass Democracy
  • Reading 9-2: Smart Mobs: The Power of the Mobile Many (skim)

ONLINE

READ:

Internet Injects Sweeping Change into U.S. Politics. New York Times, April 2, 2006.
The Internet changes how campaigns approach advertising, fund-raising, mobilizing supporters, and even the spreading of negative information.

Uploading American Politics. Washington Post, December 9, 2006.
Technology won the 2006 elections for the Democrats. Welcome to viral democracy.

YouTube? It's So Yesterday. Washington Post, December 5, 2006.
Politicians will start using technology ever more inventively to help them attract voters -- and some of it may not be pretty.

OPTIONAL-BROWSE THIS REPORT:

The Internet and Campaign 2004. Pew Internet & American Life Project, March 6, 2005.
A report on the role of the internet as a key force in politics during the 2004 election year.