This introductory chapter maps out the trajectory of democratization in Africa and how old and new forms of mass media remain embedded in these efforts. Drawing on decades of media and political science research, the authors argue that no genuine democracy may exist without a vibrant media environment. Democracy thrives on "transparency" and "difference," and the media offer the platforms most suitable to ensure their existence and proliferation. The authors provide a theoretical grounding in order to further delineate the democracy media nexus, and review recent approaches to a systematic study of how communication technologies further or reverse the cause of social and political change. The authors conclude with a synoptic look at the important contributions published in this volume.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||New Media Influence on Social and Political Change in Africa|
|Number of pages||14|
|ISBN (Print)||1466641975, 9781466641976|
|State||Published - Jun 30 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science(all)