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News on the InternetInformation and Citizenship in the 21st Century$
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David Tewksbury and Jason Rittenberg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391961.001.0001

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Information Democratization

Information Democratization

(p.144) Chapter 8 Information Democratization
News on the Internet

David Tewksbury

Jason Rittenberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the normatively positive implications of how news appears and is consumed online. More specifically, it examines whether the Internet makes democratization of public information possible, that is, Internet use results in citizen involvement with content creation. It first explains the concept of information democratization and its implications for society before turning to a discussion of the role of information in democracy. It then highlights the relationship between user control and social good, as well as the differences between the mass media system and the media of today. It also considers how the Internet strengthens the connections between citizens and political knowledge. The chapter concludes by looking at the barriers to democratization and the potential effects of online news on society.

Keywords:   online news, Internet, public information, content creation, information democratization, democracy, user control, social good, mass media, political knowledge

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