Traditional Media And New Media

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We are at this era where we can sit and type something out which could be accessed by anyone who is online. New media such as blogging, social media and the internet creates this possibility.
However this has introduced an argument where the new media appears as a space for every citizen in a democracy to participate in the public conversation. The internet is deploying political influence, elevating political involvement and questioning the monopoly of traditional elites. The main idea being that new media is able to generate dissenting voice of every citizen.
Hence new media appears as something transcendental. Does that indicate that new media has its own agency? If it does, does it have a self? Does that change the assumed “neutral”
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But that does not alter the broader picture. If regional and local papers disappear, with only national and international news sources like CNN left standing, we may regret having nowhere to read about recent city council meetings, church picnics, school fundraisers, and other matters of the kind of community concern that have long been integral to American civic life. Before modern media brought national news and politics into the home of every citizen, many Americans could be more interested in and affected by the deliberations of the local assembly or the state legislature than by the comings and goings of powerful people in Washington or New York City. That perspective is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

Q. Discuss the affects of new media on democracy.

Through this essay I will explore this agency of new media and how its contact with the agency of the authoritarian forces and citizens shows how new media itself is a powerful tool independent of the authority and the population. We will go through works of Lincoln Dahlberg, Henry Jenkins and David Thornburn ’s edited work of “Democracy and New Media, Matthew Hindman’s The Myth of Digital Democracy and Evgeny Morozov’s The Net Delusion

The question—‘How does technology, social media affect democracy?’ will be explored by first looking at how technology and social media has influenced the way we perceive and interact with the world. On June, 2009, about thousands of young
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