New media and the question of african democracy

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Media Influence on Social and Political Change in Africa
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781466641983
ISBN (Print)1466641975, 9781466641976
StatePublished - Jun 30 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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