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Democracy and Public Space – The Physical Sites of Democratic Performance - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Democracy and Public Space: The Physical Sites of Democratic Performance

John R. Parkinson


In an online, interconnected world, democracy is increasingly made up of wikis and blogs, pokes and tweets. Citizens have become accidental journalists thanks to their handheld devices, politicians are increasingly working online, and the traditional sites of democracy — assemblies, public galleries, and plazas — are becoming less and less relevant with every new technology. And yet, this book argues, such views are leading us to confuse the medium with the message, focusing on electronic transmission when often what cyber citizens transmit is pictures and narratives of real democratic action ... More

Keywords: democracy, wikis, blogs, accidental journalists, citizens, electronic transmission, protest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214563
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199214563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John R. Parkinson, author
Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Warwick

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