Digital Democracy in a Globalized World
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Digital Democracy in a Globalized World

Edited by Corien Prins, Colette Cuijpers, Peter L. Lindseth and Mônica Rosina

Whether within or beyond the confines of the state, digitalization continues to transform politics, society and democracy. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have already considerably affected political systems and structures, and no doubt they will continue to do so in the future. Adopting an international and comparative perspective, Digital Democracy in a Globalized World examines the impact of digitialization on democratic political life. It offers theoretical analyses as well as case studies to help readers appreciate the changing nature of democracy in the digital age.
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Chapter 5: Depoliticization in the digital infosphere: when communication runs counter-democratic

Emre Bayamlıoğlu

Abstract

It is the main postulate of this chapter that unlike conventional mass media focussed on content as a service, the commercial strategy in today’s social networking and media landscape renders communication an end in itself and thus significantly degenerates its politicizing effect. Accordingly, this brief text aims to address the burgeoning need for more critical and questioning approaches to the alleged democratic affordances of ICTs –seemingly through a more plural and participative communication environment. Considering the imminent moral, economic and environmental threats that humankind is facing, I raise the question whether our hyper-connected infosphere could help us build a collective awareness of the dangers ahead.

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